While most 8-year-olds look forward to their birthdays for all the presents and toys, Dominic Rebro had another idea. When his lifelong pediatrician, Laxmi Narayan, MD, retired after more than four decades at Rush, Rebro wanted to help carry forth his favorite doctor’s legacy.
“Dr. Narayan always made me laugh,” said Rebro, who requested that, in lieu of giving him birthday presents last year, his friends and family make monetary donations to Rush in Narayan’s honor. “I’d always be scared to get my shots, but then he would come in and do tricks, tell jokes or test me with a math problem to distract me. Now I want to help people like he did.”
Narayan’s compassionate nature and extraordinary mentorship with pediatric residents was widely acknowledged among patients like Rebro and his family, as well as by colleagues and friends. And when word of Narayan’s retirement broke, these same individuals set out to honor and thank him in a special way, establishing the Laxmi Narayan, MD, Education and Research Fund for Rush pediatric residents.
Carrying forward Narayan's mission
While many residents conduct important research, they’re often not able to share their work among peers due to economic restraints such as costs of travel and conferences, despite the fact that these experiences further their expertise.
Narayan’s fund will now make these opportunities possible, carrying forward his mission to enrich and encourage residents’ education.
“Dr. Narayan is such a gifted physician and has directly touched the lives of all my children,” said Carol Ungaretti, a member of one of the many grateful patient families who reached out to help start the fund. “Although we will miss him dearly, this fund allows us to not only celebrate his legacy but continue it through generations of residents to come.”
During a recent campus visit, Rebro and his family got to experience firsthand how residents currently further their expertise through the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation (pictured above). Soon after, Rebro’s sister (pictured at right) followed in his footsteps and made a similar donation after her birthday party this past spring.
To learn more about supporting pediatric care, education and training at Rush, please contact Brigid Mullen, associate director of development, at (312) 942-4460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.