May 11, 2016
In the fall of 2015, the Warren Alpert Foundation pledged to donate $20 million to Harvard Medical School, $5 million of which was given to HCP for the new Warren Alpert Professorship. On April 26, 2016, HMS hosted a dinner to honor the Foundation as well as Herb and Bevin Kaplan for continuing Warren Alpert’s legacy of generosity.
Harvard Provost and Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy Alan Garber began the celebration by laying out the three components of the $20 million gift: one discretionary component for the dean’s use, one for research in immunology, and one for the HCP professorship. Garber indicated that all three parts are critical and expressed particular gratitude for the gift to HCP, his home academic department.
In her formal comments, Barbara McNeil said, “HMS places enormous values on friends and supporters who have guided us in our mission and in our work over the years. There are few families whose generosity has spanned generations and years, and the Alpert and Kaplan families are highest on this list.”
Warren Alpert began a legacy of giving to HMS when he established the Warren Alpert Prize for breakthroughs in biomedicine, followed by the Warren Alpert Building on Longwood campus to house basic science research.
McNeil added, “The ‘first’ of anything is important: first child, first grandchild, first college degree. In this case, the ‘first’ holder of this chair is amazing: Michael McWilliams. His research focuses on new systems of payment that reward high quality providers, and he also examines changes in behavior in response to incentives embedded in these new systems. He has also examined the effects of un-insurance on health with particular focus on disadvantaged populations.”
The professorship begins at the associate professor level and will ultimately fund a full professor. It will continue on in perpetuity; after McNeil’s retirement, the professorship will be named in her honor.