James Chandler, MD, Formally Invested as Lavin/Fates Professor

Northwestern Medicine
News May 14, 2014
Dr. James Chandler with his parentsJames Chandler, MD, co-director and surgical director of the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI), and the Rudy E. Sabbagha, MD, Distinguished Physician in Surgical Neuro-Oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital was recently formally invested as the Lavin/Fates Professor in front of a standing-room only crowd full of his family, friends and colleagues. 

During his career, Dr. Chandler has performed more than 3,500 successful brain tumor operations and as surgical director, he has worked to bring cutting-edge methods and expertise to the NBTI’s arsenal of diagnostic and brain tumor management techniques.

Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD, Michael J. Marchese Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, called Dr. Chandler “a wonderful, exceptional person who has touched the lives of so many. This professorship is a fitting tribute to one who is making a real difference on a daily basis.”

Ever humble, as evidenced by the words of his colleagues and extollers, Dr. Chandler acknowledged his parents in the crowd. “Who I am is a reflection of their value system—one of compassion and generosity.”

He later turned to the rest of his family, friends, and colleagues who filled the space to standing-room-only: “Thank you all for contributing to who I am. This is a special moment in my life, and I am glad to share it with all of you.” 

The Lavin/Fates Professorship in Neurological Surgery was created by the Lavin and Bernick families in honor of Bob Fates, a grateful patient of Dr. Chandler. Under the leadership of these two families, the Alberto Culver Company has become the classic American success story as it has grown from a single product line to become a global industry leader. Along with their success, these families have established a tradition of philanthropy both for themselves and the company with their generous support of individuals and institutions that search for new and innovative ways to make our community a better place.

Dr. Chandler has been Bob Fates’ guide, mentor, and friend during his long struggle with brain cancer. The Lavin and Bernick families attribute Bob’s improvement to both Dr. Chandler’s skills as a world-class neurosurgeon and the humanity he has brought to the treatment process.

“We hope this endowment will allow Dr. Chandler to share his gift with other patients and their families, as well as to continue searching for innovative breakthroughs in the fight against this terrible disease,” said Carol Bernick.
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