the torch Summer 2015, Issue 2 - Page 16

DeMarco Endowed Fellowship shines light on major need: postgraduate medical education If one is pr essed to name the most name working at Baylor, and it frees up important organ in the body, he or she might money to support gastroenterology fellows say the heart or brain. But Daniel C. at Baylor. DeMarco, M.D., will tell you it’s the gut. More Funding for Fellows “People don’t worry about their head Baylor  University Medical Center  at every day. They don’t think about their Dallas pays the salaries of five fellows for heart every day,” Dr. DeMarco said. “But three years each. Thanks to philanthropic there isn’t a day that goes by that everyone support of the DeMarco endowment, a doesn’t stop to think about their digestive sixth fellow’s salary is funded each year for system –whether they’re perpetuity. Dr. DeMarco himhungry, full or what they’ll self couldn’t be more pleased, have for their next meal.” but warns that in the state of His answer is not entirely Texas, more funding is needed surprising. After all, he spent to support postgraduate medi31 years in private practice as cal education. a gastroenterologist with While medical schools in the Baylor Health Care System, state are enrolling and graduatserving in numerous leadering more medical students, ship roles and pioneering funding for their postgraduate many technological advancemedical education, which is a ments used to treat digestive Dr. Daniel DeMarco necessary part of a physician’s diseases. Retired from private practice in preparation for medical practice, is 2013, Dr. DeMarco is the medical director limited. of digestive disease technology for Baylor. “We build more medical schools, and we And, thanks to generous donors, Baylor get more medical students and more docHealth Care System Foundation celebrated a tors, but we haven’t expanded funding for new milestone with the completion of a $1.5 postgraduate training. The state doesn’t million fundraising campaign to establish a have enough funds to pay for medical gastroenterology fellowship named in honor internships, residencies and fellowships,” of Dr. DeMarco. “Never underestimate the Dr. DeMarco