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  We have several different ways to donate to the Department of Surgery, including investments in leading-edge research, the Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr. Endowment in Surgery, Trauma and Burn Fund, Residency programs, honorariums and memorial gifts, naming opportunities, special events and much more.

The Oxley Foundation has made a very generous challenge pledge to the Dr. Hiram C. Polk Endowment Fund. The Foundation has pledged to give $1 million to the Polk endowment and has issued a challenge to others to help match the gift.

If you are interested in learning more, please call Denise Nuehring at 502-415-8279 or email her at


  Brown Cancer Center Creates Owen’s Wish Fund for Cancer Immunotherapy Research


Chair of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Kelly McMasters, announced on October 17, the Owen’s Wish Fund for Cancer Immunotherapy Research of the J. Graham Brown Cancer Center.

His son Owen died February 15, 2016 following a courageous four-year battle with leukemia.


"Owen died of leukemia knowing that the science that could have cured him of his cancer was right at our doorstep," McMasters said. "Owen’s wish was that no other children (or adults) would have to endure the ravages of cancer and its treatment without a meaningful chance to be cured."

Cancer immunotherapy has revolutionized the treatment of many types of cancer by harnessing the power of the human body's immune system to eradicate cancer. The Owen’s Wish Fund will allow the Brown Cancer Center to develop a world-class group of scientists and physicians dedicated to advancing the field of cancer immunotherapy and providing state-of-the-art immunotherapy care for patients in our region.

To donate, please visit the UofL Brown Cancer Center.