MAYWOOD, IL – Alan R. Kohlhaas, MD, learned the skills to be an orthopaedic surgeon while completing a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Loyola University Medical Center.
Now as Dr. Kohlhaas nears the end of a distinguished career, he is giving back with a generous gift to Loyola's orthopaedic residency program.
The Alan R. Kohlhaas, MD, Directorship in Orthopaedic Education will provide funding to invest in orthopaedic resident education at Loyola. The inaugural directorship will be held by Karen Wu, MD, FAOA, orthopaedic residency program director. In this role, Dr. Wu ensures the program meets the highest educational and professional standards.
"I am very grateful for the training I received at Loyola and happy to give back so others can learn from this excellent program," Dr. Kohlhaas said.
Dr. Kohlhaas earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency at Loyola in 1975. Dr. Kohlhaas is semi-retired after a career in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio and Lawrenceburg, Ind. Dr. Kohlhaas said he decided to give Loyola an endowed gift because it would support the education and training of future generations of orthopaedic surgeons and provide annual funding in perpetuity.
Loyola's five-year orthopaedic residency program includes 25 resident physicians, five in each year of training. The program is designed to enhance the training of orthopaedic surgeons who may choose academic and research careers along with clinical care.
"The Alan R. Kohlhaas Directorship in Orthopaedic Education will significantly benefit our residents and the thousands of patients they will treat throughout their careers," said Alexander J. Ghanayem, MD, FAOA, chair of Loyola's department of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation. "The gift also will help our department attract and retain the most talented orthopaedic surgeons. We are very grateful for Dr. Kohlhaas' generosity."
Dr. Kohlhaas encourages others to join him in supporting Loyola by making tax-free transfers from their IRA accounts. An IRA owner older than 70 can annually transfer up to $100,000 directly to a charity without paying taxes on the IRA distribution.