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Dr. Carlson Announces the Kelly L. Krahwinkel Endowed Chair for OMFS
Eric Carlson, DMD, MD, Chair and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, recently introduced the Kelly L. Krahwinkel Endowed Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The endowment will support the department's initiative in oral/head and neck cancer diagnosis and surgical treatment, providing enhanced clinical integration in the UT Cancer Institute as well as supporting the department's academic mission in education and research.
Dr. Carlson said objectives of the endowment are to fund molecular research in oral/head and neck cancer as well as to provide clinical and administrative space in the new UT Cancer Institute, enhancing collaborations with clinicians in radiology, oncology and pathology. This collective wisdom will improve diagnosis and treatment planning as well as provide increased exposure and learning opportunities to fellows in Oral/Head and Neck Surgery.
The endowment is named for Kelly L. Krahwinkel who was diagnosed with a very aggressive variant of adenoid cystic carcinoma of the submandibular salivary gland and cervical lymph nodes in late 2007, which took her life only 13 months later. Her family, including husband Mark Spurlock and parents Dr. DJ and Lyda Krahwinkel, wished to provide a permanent legacy for Kelly while supporting and promoting the department's mission.
Read more from Dr. Carlson's personal statement regarding Kelly's courage in the face of her disease; why her family wishes to promote the institution's mission through the endowed chair; and how this impacts OMFS and its faculty.
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