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Drs. Robert Nuss and Ann Harwood-Nuss Encourage a Philanthropy Culture in Jacksonville

January 2010

Winston Churchill once said "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." His simple statement captured the essence of philanthropy and the spirit of two leaders at the UF College of Medicine's Jacksonville Campus who have given thoughtfully and generously to advance medical education. Drs. Robert Nuss and Ann Harwood-Nuss have made several significant contributions to a program near and dear to their hearts – medical resident education. Dr. Harwood-Nuss said that because both she and Dr. Nuss started their careers with residencies, she knows the value of such deep experiential learning. "Although our careers have taken us into administrative positions, at the core of our values is the educational mission. Our involvement in two long-standing and outstanding residencies, Emergency Medicine and OB/GYN, formed the bedrock of our careers in medicine. We know that resident education is a vital component of our work."

Drs. Nuss and Harwood-Nuss took their giving one step further, and began encouraging a culture of philanthropy on the Jacksonville campus in a variety of ways. Dr. Harwood-Nuss explains that broadening the options for others was an important first step. "Beyond our own personal commitment was the importance we both feel to set an example for giving on our campus. During the last year, we have also worked with the University Foundation and the College of Medicine's Development and Alumni Affairs office to expand both the opportunities for giving, with more funds now available for review for potential donors, as well as the mechanism for giving. Our complete fund listing is now available online, which is really helpful."

Ann Braun, Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs, knows well how the Nuss' have re-defined philanthropy for Jacksonville faculty and staff. "I was reflecting recently on how Dr. Nuss took an early and strong stand in declaring that our Jacksonville campus would have a development program. Dr. Nuss and Dr. Harwood-Nuss made leadership gifts, along with Dr. Benrubi and Dr. Chiu, setting the tone and standard for others to make a philanthropic investment in the great tradition of medicine on that campus. They made something happen that just wouldn't have evolved without their commitment."

Drs. Nuss aren't finished with giving either. While they haven't yet defined their next step, they know they want to eventually make a gift that provides a special legacy for the Jacksonville campus. "Teaching future generations the art and science of medicine in a setting so rich with opportunity has been so rewarding for us, Dr. Harwood-Nuss said. "Healthcare in America will be defined by the physicians we are helping to train today. We want to guarantee that the future is bright for the College of Medicine at Jacksonville."

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