New Exhibit Celebrates Philanthropy

Lahey’s Donors, History on Display

A new interactive exhibit at Lahey Hospital examines the institution’s rich history of serving the public as well as prime ministers, performers, professional golfers, champion prizefighters and Red Sox legends. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, was unveiled in September in  the Burlington hospital’s East Lobby.

Interactive touch screens display contents of a handwritten surgical journal from 1947-48, plus profiles of leading donors, and donor lists. Our featured donors are:

  • Sophia and Bernard Gordon, whose philanthropy made possible the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center, which has provided state-of-the art cancer care through a multidisciplinary team approach in Burlington and Peabody since 2007.
  • Emanuel and Sheila Landsman, whose generosity made possible the Dr. Emanuel and Sheila Landsman Heart and Vascular Center, which since 2010 has been providing patients with integrated, advanced services in cardiovascular medicine, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery and vascular surgery.
  • Byiung J. Park, PhD, and Chunghi Park, who endowed fellowships in interventional neuroradiology and endocrinology at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.
  • Windle and Susan Priem, who have generously supported the new $80 million Joseph C. Corkery, MD, Emergency Center, nursing and other initiatives.
  • Cynthia and Rubin Gruber, who were leading benefactors of the Joseph C. Corkery, MD, Emergency Center and have given generously to initiatives in nursing and cardiology as well as the Comprehensive Breast Care Center.

The exhibit answers questions including: Which Lahey doctor had a prize-winning racehorse named for him? Which famous playwright sought out Lahey Clinic when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer? What did Dr. Frank Lahey discover when he examined President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944? And who is Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Trump building named for?

Through a historical timeline and artifacts from Dr. Lahey himself, visitors to the exhibit can experience how the Lahey Clinic grew from a small multispecialty practice to the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, a teaching hospital that is home to a Level II trauma center and the largest live donor liver transplant program in the country. Lahey clinicians treat more than 28,000 inpatients each year, see more than 1 million outpatients and train 130 residents and fellows.

The display explores famous past Lahey patients, including John F. Kennedy, who was a frequent and long-term patient and his brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, was treated at the clinic in 1964 following a plane crash that fractured 13 of the vertebrae in his spine. Playwright Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun) was seen by Dr. Kenneth W. Warren in 1964 for pancreatic cancer, and other physicians treated Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, golf champion Bobby Jones, and heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney. British Foreign Secretary (and later prime minister) Anthony Eden came to Lahey Clinic in 1952 for a bile duct repair to correct a previous surgery, enhancing the clinic’s international reputation and that of surgeon Richard Cattell, MD. When neurosurgeon Charles A. Fager, MD, saved the life of Hall of Fame horse trainer John Nerud in 1965, the grateful patient named a young thoroughbred in his honor. The equine “Dr. Fager” went on to become a racing legend.

Visitors to the exhibit learn that in 1980, the clinic opened a hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts, relocating to the suburbs after plans to expand in Boston went awry. A primary care clinic and radiotherapy center on the hospital grounds was named for John G. Trump, the late MIT electrical engineer and physicist, in honor of his many contributions to the Radiology Department and his service to the clinic. Under his leadership, the rotational radiation therapy used in cancer treatment was developed. John G. Trump was the uncle of President Donald Trump.