Article courtesy of The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Larry Shapiro, MD, dean, WUSM; Sam Bhayani, MD, MS, chief medical officer, Faculty Practice Plan, WUSM, and Holekamp Family Endowed Chair in Urology; and Bob Cannon, president, BJH, and group president, BJC HealthCare.Sam Bhayani, MD, MS, was installed as the Holekamp Family Endowed Chair in Urology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) and Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in a ceremony held Nov. 2.
The Holekamp chair recognizes Bhayani’s leadership in collaborative research that develops better standards of care and outcomes for patients.
For the past four years, Bhayani was the vice president of medical affairs and the chief medical officer of BJWCH. In November, he transitioned to a new role as the chief medical officer of the Faculty Practice Plan and assistant vice chancellor of Clinical Affairs at Washington University School of Medicine.
Bhayani is considered a leader in robotic surgery and has developed innovative techniques to treat prostate and kidney cancers. Those techniques have been adopted worldwide.
“The annual funding that the endowed chair provides for Dr. Bhayani will enable us to pursue better outcomes for our patients,” says Bob Cannon, president of BJH and group president of BJC Health Care. “As an endowed chair, Dr.
Bhayani will continue building clinical programs and nurture discoveries that both prevent and cure disease, and he will teach and inspire tomorrow’s best surgeons and physicians. He also will set benchmarks in patient safety and quality of care for other national leaders to follow. We’re so pleased to recognize Dr. Bhayani for his accomplishments and look forward to many more.”
The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital supports more than 30 endowed chairs and deanships thanks to donor gifts. Bill and Kerry Holekamp established The Holekamp Family Endowed Chair in Urology in 2001 through the Holekamp Family Foundation.
“An endowed chair is an investment in hope and innovation that will help us remain one of America’s best hospitals,” says Susan Ell, executive director and vice president of The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “We’re so grateful to generous donors such as the Holekamps who have had the vision to support these chairs for generations to come.”
In 2015, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine named five new endowed chairs through donor support.