November 19, 1999
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With gifts totaling more than $2 million, the late George LeBoff of Baltimore funded a new professorship in gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Hopkins physician Mark Donowitz, M.D., will be named the LeBoff Professorship at dedication ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. in the Johns Hopkins Hospital's Frank M. Houck Memorial Lobby.
LeBoff, an official with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service who died in 1997, was a longtime supporter of the Division of Gastroenterology at Hopkins. "Mr. LeBoff has created a legacy that will benefit generations to come," commented Edward Benz, Jr., M.D., chairman of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. "The endowment will provide a distinguished faculty member with the resources necessary to pursue research into effective treatments and cures for digestive diseases."
Mark Donowitz, the first to hold the LeBoff Professorship, is an authority on digestive diseases. He is Director of the Hopkins Center for Epithelial Disorders, a multidisciplinary, multidepartmental, multidivisional group of 30 scientists who are studying molecular and cell biologic aspects of epithelial transport proteins and the diseases which arise from their genetic and acquired abnormalities.