LVHN Appoints Six Endowed Chairs, Bringing Total to 24 Endowed Chairs

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Edward R. Norris, MD (left), was named the holder of one of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) newest endowed chairs. Norris, LVHN’s Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, received The Carol Holben Daniel and John Lisy Daniel Endowed Chair in Behavioral Health. John Daniel, pictured with Dr. Norris, said his late wife, Carol, was a registered nurse and understood that America’s number-one problem is undiagnosed, untreated mental health issues.   

Includes two new chairs made possible by generosity
of John and Jane Malloy, John and Carol Daniel

Lehigh Valley, Pa. (May 22, 2024) – On May 14, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced the appointments of six endowed chairs in a special ceremony and reception at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem. Two recent philanthropic gifts, celebrated that evening, brought LVHN to 24 endowed chairs.

Among the evening’s speakers was John Malloy, PhD, Chair of the LVHN Board of Trustees, who established a new endowed chair with his wife, Jane. “Philanthropy in the form of endowed chairs is one of the best ways to ensure LVHN can provide high-quality and accessible care to all members of our community with the best physicians in their fields of expertise,” he said. Malloy shared the motivation to create the John and Jane Malloy Endowed Chair in Cardiology, now held by Eric E. Elgin, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiology. “Our hope is that we will enable LVHN to be at the forefront of new, innovative procedures and treatments so that future patients can survive severe health challenges and live normal, healthy lives,” he said.

John Daniel, Executive Committee member of the LVHN Board of Associates, created an endowed chair in behavioral health with his late wife, Carol. “My awareness of behavior health peaked recalling the professional experiences of family. My father, a Lutheran pastor, and my mother, a public school teacher, often spoke about challenges involving the mental health of the people they served. My late wife, Carol, was a registered nurse and understood that America’s number-one problem is undiagnosed, untreated mental health issues,” he said. Edward R. Norris, MD, MBA, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, is the inaugural recipient of the Carol Holben Daniel and John Lisy Daniel Endowed Chair in Behavioral Health.

Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, LVHN, spoke to the important role that endowed chairs play at the health network. “Along with recognition, an endowed chair brings additional funding for programs that are of great benefit to patients and the community,” said Nester, who holds the Leonard Parker Pool Endowed Chair in Health Systems Management. “Endowed chairs are critical to our mission, helping us recruit and retain world-class national talent,” he continued.

During the ceremony, each new chairholder received a special white coat and maple chair engraved with LVHN’s seal, signaling their appointment.

Current endowed chairholders, senior leadership and LVHN’s most generous donors joined the ceremony and reception to celebrate six of LVHN’s best and brightest.

The six new endowed chairholders are:

David B. Burmeister, DO, MBA

The Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital Endowed Chair in Emergency Medicine

President, Lehigh Valley Physician Group

Chair, Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine

Annmarie Chavarria, DNP, MSN

The Peggy Fleming Endowed Chair in Nursing

Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, LVHN

Eric E. Elgin, MD

The John and Jane Malloy Endowed Chair in Cardiology

Chief, Division of Cardiology

Thomas J. Graham, MD

The Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital Endowed Chair in Orthopedics

Physician in Chief, Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute

Benjamin M. Jackson, MD, MS

The Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery Chief, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Edward R. Norris, MD, MBA

The Carol Holben Daniel and John Lisy Daniel Endowed Chair in Behavioral Health Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) includes 14 hospital campuses, four in Allentown, two in Bethlehem, one in Easton, one in Macungie, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton, two in Pottsville, one in Dickson City, and one in Lehighton, Pa.; 29 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 21 ExpressCARE locations, including two Children’s ExpressCAREs which are the only in the area; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer InstituteLehigh Valley Heart and Vascular InstituteLehigh Valley Institute for Surgical ExcellenceLehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute and Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance (MSK Cancer Alliance), an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s first and most trusted children’s hospital, provides access to the most pediatric specialties in the region and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) is ranked 27th in the country for orthopedic care and among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report. LVH is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top hospital in the Allentown metro area for the 10th year in a row. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar CrestLVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting or following us on Facebook LinkedIn and Instagram.

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