Honoring Dr. Schuller: 44 Years of Service

On June 30, David E. Schuller, MD, hung up his white coat for a final time and stepped into retirement after 44 years of service to Ohio State’s College of Medicine, Wexner Medical Center, and Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). Adequately paying tribute to Schuller for his many accomplishments and for his tremendous impact on students, colleagues, staff and patients may seem like a Herculean task, but the OSUCCC – James community has launched four initiatives to do just that.

David E. Schuller, MD Endowment for The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, led by Ted Teknos, MD, who holds the David E. Schuller, MD and Carole Schuller Chair in Otolaryngology at Ohio State along with Schuller’s colleagues, past trainees, patients and friends, are leading an initiative by OSUCCC – James supporters to establish a $10 million endowed fund that will support programmatic and research efforts in Ohio State’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Schuller served for 21 years as chair of that department, which is now chaired by Teknos. To date, supporters have raised more than $750,000 for the fund, a total that includes $300,000 from the department that will continue as an annual gift until the fund goal is reached.

David E. Schuller, MD Professorship for Patient Compassion

The David E. Schuller, MD Professorship for Patient Compassion has been created and funded by the Walter Family Foundation. This gift was inspired by Schuller’s incredible kindness towards patients and their families during their time of need. The Professorship will enhance caregivers’ training on the importance of compassionate patient care.

David E. Schuller, MD Laboratories

OSUCCC – James laboratory space on the fourth floor of the Tzagournis Medical Building on the Wexner Medical Center campus has been renamed the David E. Schuller, MD Laboratories. With this honor, the Schuller legacy of excellence as a clinician, researcher and educator will be forever linked to the oncology physicians and researchers who work in these labs and to the advances they will make in his name.

James Leadership Society Induction

Schuller and his wife Carole, who also has played important roles in the growth and development of the OSUCCC – James over the years, have been inducted into The James Leadership Society, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership to Ohio State’s cancer program through exceptional public service, philanthropic activity or both. Membership in this Society is the highest recognition bestowed upon supporters of the OSUCCC – James.

Society members are honored by individualized bronze plaques that are displayed within the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The plaques include an artist’s rendering of the recipient(s) and a brief bio that highlights his or her leadership and/or philanthropic impact.

Established in 1994, the Society includes these previously inducted members: John W. Wolfe (the charter member); 1997 inductees John F. Havens, Len Immke Jr., Dean W. Jeffers, John G. McCoy, Vern G. Riffe, James A. Rhodes, Richard J. Solove, R. David Thomas; and 2006 inductees Deborah Price, Stefanie and Chris Spielman, Judy and Steve Tuckerman, and the Block family, including Macy Block, Maxine Block, Jay Block, Janis Block, Jeff Block, Julie Block Glassman and Jeri Block.

“These honors constitute a fitting tribute to a man who has devoted his life’s work to Ohio State through his roles as surgical oncologist, cancer researcher, educator, administrator and compassionate friend to legions of patients and their families who have turned to our cancer program for help,” Dr. Teknos says. “Dr. Schuller’s services have been invaluable, and we believe these honors will help extend his legacy far into the future.”

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