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Gift Establishes Andrea Katz McCutcheon Pain Medicine Education Endowment at University Of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, March 26, 2004 The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine pain medicine division has received a donation from Andrea Katz McCutcheon to establish an educational endowment for pain medicine fellows.

According to Doris K. Cope, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center pain medicine program, Mrs. McCutcheon's gift will fund the Andrea Katz McCutcheon Pain Medicine Education Endowment, and provides educational support for the training of the next generation of pain physicians.

This includes support of library acquisitions, journals, lectureships and other educational activities. The gift provides $10,000 a year over five years to endow one of the largest and best respected pain medicine fellowships in the world.

"We are grateful to Andi McCutcheon for her generosity. We call her our 'Pain Medicine Angel' because her gift will not only ensure high quality training for our fellows but provide better pain care for patients all over the country," Dr. Cope said.

"I am proud and pleased to fund this endowment," Mrs. McCutcheon said. "My goals in doing so are two-fold. Having suffered extreme pain myself for many years I know firsthand the importance of well-trained and well-educated pain physicians to provide the very best pain relief care. Secondly, I am very hopeful that those who suffer from debilitating pain will find some measure of relief from this suffering so that they can move forward to lead productive, fulfilling and pain-free lives."

"Our fellows are much in demand and our graduates have assumed leadership roles in their respective communities and throughout the world. In addition, the improvement in the quality and accessibility of care for patients in severe and chronic pain is incalculable. This generous donation endows one of the very best post-graduate pain fellowships in the United States, approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education," Dr. Cope added.

"We are very proud of the excellence of our pain fellowship program, as well as its growth. We trained two fellows a year in 1996 and are now training six fellows a year plus residents and we also have many long-term foreign observers visiting our program to upgrade the pain care in their countries," Dr. Cope said.

"Andi personally benefited from our training of fellows, as she can now receive part of her care from one of our former fellows practicing near her winter home in Boca Raton, Fla., Dr. Douglas MacLear of Lake Worth. We can now purchase the very best educational material, bring in renowned speakers, fund fellow research, and continue training the best pain fellows in the country," she added.

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