BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former patient of a Fletcher Allen Health Care surgeon has donated $1 million to establish a professorship in the doctor’s name at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, and an acquaintance were both treated successfully in recent years by Dr. Frank Ittleman, division chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Fletcher Allen. He’s also a professor of surgery at the college of medicine.
A news release announcing the donation on Monday said the donor was inspired by a $1 million challenge grant in June from Tom and Mary Evslin of Stowe to support advanced cardiology research at Fletcher Allen and the college.
‘‘The creation of the Frank P. Ittleman Professorship will be used to help the hospital and the College attract and retain a nationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon in the future,’’ the news release said.
Ittleman has been with Fletcher Allen/UVM for 30 years.
‘‘I am humbled, proud and pleased,’’ Ittleman said. ‘‘I do want to make clear, however, that this gift is not about me. It is a reflection on the institution as a whole and all the people who work here every day.’’