Patient’s $3.5M gift creates endowed professorship for leukemia research at UChicago

Wendy Stock, MD, with her patient Anjuli Nayak, MD. Nayak recently donated $3.5 million to create an endowed professorship for leukemia research.

Wendy Stock, MD, with her patient Anjuli Nayak, MD. Nayak recently donated $3.5 million to create an endowed professorship for leukemia research.

When Anjuli Nayak, a renowned allergist and immunologist from Bloomington who received cancer treatment at the University of Chicago Medicine, wanted to thank her physician, Wendy Stock, MD, she did it in a big way.

The 60-year-old, who has received several experimental cancer treatments, endowed a $3.5 million professorship at the medical center for leukemia research. Stock, professor of medicine and a leading authority on acute and chronic leukemias, became the first holder of the Anjuli Seth Nayak Professorship in Leukemia on March 1, 2015.

“I feel really overwhelmed with the fact that this will help leukemia research go on,” Nayak said. “I hope that this will bring a fuller life, a longer life and a more hopeful life to patients.”

Read more about Dr. Nayak’s journey that led her from Bloomington to Chicago, and the bond she formed with Dr. Stock that led to this extraordinary gift.

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Matt Wood is a senior science writer for the University of Chicago Medicine and editor of the Science Life blog.
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