Mobile philanthropist Abraham Mitchell recently presented a $60,000 gift establishing the Mitchell Medical Scholars Program at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
This unique program will provide medical students greater access and availability to USA 's most accomplished teachers by partially offsetting faculty salary expenses.
"Mr. Mitchell's generosity ensures that our students have more opportunities to learn from our brightest and most talented medical educators," said Robert A. Kreisberg, M.D., USA vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine . "We are grateful to the Mitchell family for their many contributions and their strong commitment to quality education."
Drs. Martin Cunningham, Benjamin Estrada and Sudhakar Madanagopal were selected through a competitive process to be the first faculty participating in this program.
"My support reflects my personal interest in building upon USA 's reputation as a leader in educating physicians," Mitchell said. "Across the nation, financial pressures force many academic medical faculty to conduct more research and to see additional patients at the expense of time spent with students. I am extremely pleased to help place some of the most talented medical educators closer to the students at USA ."
Cunningham is associate director of the Division of Medical Education and assistant professor of internal medicine at USA . After earning his medical degree from the USA College of Medicine, he completed his residency and internship at USA .
Estrada is associate professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases and assistant professor of physician assistant studies at USA . After graduating from medical school, Estrada completed his residency and internship in pediatrics at the USA College of Medicine.
Both Cunningham and Estrada received numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Faculty Recognition, which is selected by senior medical students. This award is given to medical school professors who have exhibited outstanding teaching. Madanagopal joined USA College of Medicine faculty earlier this year. He is director of Orthopaedic Trauma and Adult Reconstruction and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery. He also serves as assistant professor of physician assistant studies. Madanagopal completed his fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at the USA College of Medicine.
The Mitchell name has become synonymous with philanthropic support of the University of South Alabama . Brothers Abraham and Mayer Mitchell have given more than $12 million to the University, making the Mitchells one of the state's top families in combined giving to a single public university. The Mitchell Center and the Mitchell College of Business bear the names of these benefactors.
Abraham Mitchell provided funding to create the "Abraham Mitchell Scholars" academic scholarship program in the Mitchell College of Business. In addition to substantial donations for the business school and the contribution for the Mitchell Center , the Mitchell family has supported several USA academic chairs. Abraham Mitchell has made substantial gifts to the USA College of Medicine, having endowed three faculty chairs.
Recently, Abraham Mitchell made a commitment of $20,000 for a trial program in the Mitchell College of Business at USA . This donation will fund a special program designed to teach undergraduates career development and job seeking skills.
Long-time Mobile residents, the Mitchell brothers have had successful careers in real estate and investments. Their partnership gave birth to the Mitchell Company, a residential and commercial real estate development enterprise spanning the southeastern United States.