The John R. Pfeifer Collegiate Professorship
The University of Michigan Department of Surgery is collecting memorial gifts in Jack's honor to complete the John R. Pfeifer Collegiate Professorship in Vascular Surgery. This endowed fund will ensure that his legacy continues in perpetuity by benefitting young faculty members such as those he so enjoyed training.
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Dr. John R. (Jack) Pfeifer earned his M.D. degree from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He served his residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, under the direction of Dr. D. Emerick Szilagyi, world renowned vascular surgeon and one of
the great founders of the specialty of vascular surgery. In 1964 Dr. Pfeifer completed his residency and began his practice as a staff surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital. He then entered private practice and progressed in clinical academics as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Wayne State University.
In 2000, Dr. Pfeifer joined the University as Professor of Surgery and Founding Director of the
new Division of Venous Disease, bringing with him his vast experience in all areas of venous disease. This was the first academic venous disease division in the United States. He trained academic vascular teams from 15 universities who visited Michigan to learn venous diseases as well as methods of establishing a venous division in a university setting.
In his time here at Michigan, Dr. Pfeifer had a significant impact on this department and this medical school. His medical knowledge and clinical skill, his compassion for his patients, and his willingness to share knowledge with his co-workers endeared him to all. A leader in the Mormon Church, he spent many hours each week working on its behalf. He was admired and appreciated by the community he served as well as the generations of young physicians he trained.
If you are interested in making a gift in Jack's memory, please contact Greg Witbeck at (734) 232-6017, or call the Department of Surgery Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (800) 588-5844.
If you would like to give online please click here "Support The John R. Pfeifer Collegiate Professorship".
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