Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Endowed Professorships

The Irene Heinz Given and John LaPorte Given Research Professorship of Ophthalmology

AppelThe Professorship was established in 1970 through the generosity of the Irene Heinz Given and John LaPorte Given Foundation, Inc. The chair exemplifies the consistent support and commitment of the Foundation toward the enrichment of programs which will ensure the finest in patient care, education and research in the Department of Ophthalmology and at the Scheie Eye Institute at Penn Medicine. Irene Heinz Given (1871–1956) was the daughter of Henry J. Heinz (1844–1919), who created the well-known food company. John LaPorte Given (1871–1957) founded an advertising firm and later joined the H.J. Heinz Company as advertising counsel and member of the Board of Directors. The Heinz family is well known for philanthropy and public service: Henry John Heinz, III (1938–1991) was a U.S. Congressman and Senator. Irene and John Givens provided significant support to many medical institutions and universities nationwide.
 

 

Current Chairholder:

The Irene Heinz Given and John LaPorte Given Research Professorship of Ophthalmology is currently open.

Previous Chairholders:

Alan M. Laties, MD 1975–1983 Stuart L. Fine, MD 2009–2010
Charles E. Riva, DSc 1984–1995