A $1 million anonymous gift has helped to create the Robert G. Luke Endowed Chair in Nephrology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. The chair recognizes the work of Robert Luke, MD, a pioneer in kidney and hypertension research, treatment and medical ethics and chair of UC’s Department of Internal Medicine from 1988 until 2004.
At its Feb. 23, 2021, meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved Charuhas V. Thakar, MD, professor of medicine and director of the division, to hold the Robert G. Luke, MD Endowed Chair in Nephrology, which also was supported through matching gifts by the college and alumni donors.
“We are incredibly grateful for this gift and what it means for the future of patient care, research and education” said Andrew T. Filak Jr., MD, senior vice president for health affairs and Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine. “Having the first endowed chair within the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension be named for Dr. Luke is a fitting tribute to his long-term leadership and pivotal work as well as to the ongoing advances in the division.”
Luke graduated from the University of Glasgow Medical School and trained in internal medicine and nephrology. He then completed a research fellowship at Yale University before returning to his alma mater to serve on its faculty. Prior to becoming chair of UC’s Department of Internal Medicine, Luke served as director of the Nephrology Division at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and as director of the Research and Training Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In 2018, he received the prestigious Daniel Drake Medal, the College of Medicine’s highest honor, which recognizes outstanding or unique contributions to medical education, scholarship or research.
“The Robert G. Luke Endowed Chair in the division of nephrology and hypertension not only recognizes the accomplishments of Dr. Luke’s many decades of research, education and clinical care but also allows the college, department and division to retain and recruit renowned leaders of our tripartite mission for generations to come, said Gregory Rouan, MD, Gordon and Helen Hughes Taylor Professor of Medicine and chair of the UC Department of Internal Medicine.