Contributions endow Schellhammer Professorship at EVMS

Story Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:47:00 EST

Fundraising is now complete for a professorship that honors one of the most prolific cancer researchers associated with EVMS.

The school created the Paul and Ann Schellhammer Professorship in Cancer Research to recognize physician/scientist Paul Schellhammer, MD, Professor of Urology, and his late wife.

The professorship was established through gifts totaling $250,000 from a variety of donors. The donations are invested, and proceeds from the endowed fund support scholarly activities. Raymond Lance, MD, Associate Professor of Urology, currently holds the Schellhammer Professorship.

"EVMS is grateful to all the donors for their generous support of EVMS and for their commitment to the advancement of urological care," says Richard V. Homan, MD, President and Provost of EVMS and Dean of the School of Medicine. "Dr. Schellhammer is a wonderful role model for future physician-scientists, and it is a fitting tribute to recognize Dr. and Mrs. Schellhammer with this professorship."

Dr. Schellhammer joined EVMS in 1974 and went on to become Chair of Urology and serve as head of the urology residency program for 21 years. He is an internationally recognized cancer researcher who helped establish the EVMS research program in prostate cancer and was instrumental in testing Provenge, a first-of-its kind vaccine used for treatment of advanced prostate cancer. He received an honorary degree from EVMS in 2008 in recognition of his career achievements.

Urology of Virginia and its affiliate, the Schellhammer Urological Research Foundation (SURF), formerly known as the Foundation for Urological Research and the Virginia Prostate Center (VPC), were among the key supporters.

"Urology of Virginia is honored to complete funding of the Schellhammer Professorship,” said Dr. Michael Fabrizio, MD, Professor of Urology and Managing Partner, Urology of Virginia, during a check-passing ceremony Dec. 9. “We value our close relationship with EVMS and strive to maintain the high academic standards that have come to signify our practice.  This donation will allow us to pursue our mission of high quality, nationally recognized urology while maintaining our commitment to education and community outreach."