Members of the surgery faculty at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care are helping create new teaching positions at the university.
A donation totaling $4.5 million will contribute toward the establishment of 14 Green and Gold professorships in the Department of Surgery and add $1 million to the newly established Frank P. Ittleman Professorship in cardiothoracic surgery.
Members of the surgical faculty set aside their donations over a number of years.
A grateful patient started the Ittleman professorship earlier this year.
Interim Chair of the Surgery Department Marion Crouch says the professorships will give the faculty more time to spend with students and resident physicians.