OhioHealth Neurosurgeon Installed as Second Endowed Chair in Hospital System History
In early September, at a celebratory event held at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Juan Torres-Reveron, MD, PhD, was installed as the inaugural Weary Foundation Janet W. Bay, MD Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery.
An endowed chair is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a physician and symbolizes a commitment to groundbreaking clinical trials, educational opportunities, and the latest cutting-edge treatments. Dr. Torres-Reveron is only the second endowed chair at OhioHealth: the first chair was named in 2012 when Dr. Stephen Yakubov became the John H. McConnell Endowed Chair in Advanced Structural Heart Care – a position he still holds today.
Gifford Weary, PhD, a professor emeritus at Ohio State University, was nearly immobilized by back pain in 2008. With little hope for a pain free life, Dr. Weary reached out to renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Janet Bay at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Dr. Bay performed spinal surgery on Dr. Weary that freed Weary from years of pain and in her words, “saved the quality of her life.” As an expression of gratitude and dedication to ensure the same level of excellent care for others into the future, she established this new endowed chair.
“He is the right person, at the right time,” Weary said. "I wanted to do what I could so that others that found themselves in my situation knew where to go, and have the same excellent care I did.”
The fund for an endowed chair lives in perpetuity—meaning future generations will benefit from this tremendous gift. Managed by the OhioHealth Foundation, endowed chairs provide permanent resources to attract and retain renowned physicians and seize important opportunities for innovation in patient care.
“As a functional neurosurgeon, they said we want you to grow that area, for our system. So, it's about growing our system, all programs, integrated programs we have,” Dr. Torres-Reveron said. "Gifford Weary is an amazing person. She is not just saying, here is the money and walk away, it’s tell me about it, how I can I help? She is what you call an active donor in our system.”
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