DEPARTMENT OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY-HEAD AND NECK SURGERY
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Lee Jerome of Swansea, Ill., Saint Louis University School of Medicine has established the Donald and Marlene Jerome Chair in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. This is a tremendous development in the scholastic progress of the department and will truly raise our credibility to a new national level.
Dr. Jerome is an alumnus of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Class of 1961. He was a classmate of Dr. Patricia Monteleone, retiring Dean of the School of Medicine. After completing his medical school education and earning his degree, Dr. Jerome received his Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery training at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He returned to the St. Louis Metro East area and built a highly successful practice in Belleville. For many years, he was Belleville’s only otolaryngologist and received referrals from as far east as Evansville, Ind.
"I am so appreciative to the Jeromes for their generosity and commitment to excellence in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery," notes Dr. Patricia Monteleone, Dean of the School of Medicine. "This endowed chair affords us an opportunity to further our education and research mission at the School of Medicine as well as attract and retain excellent faculty."
The endowment created by the Jeromes’ contribution will support the educational mission of the chair and the department. This will substantially enhance the academic productivity of the department, but, most importantly, it will serve as a significant recruitment tool for future department chairs. The inclusion of an endowed chair in the recruitment package is a key component to prospective department chairmen.
The department is excited about this opportunity to honor the Jeromes for their tremendous contribution. The University formal bestowal ceremony was April 3, 2008.