About Jeffrey Dobbs and David E.R. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D.
The Jeffrey Dobbs and David E.R. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D., Diabetes Research Chair has been established to honor two great men—an exemplary philanthropist and a renowned physician scientist—brought together by their shared determination to conquer diabetes. The chair honors Dobbs for his legacy and positive leadership and provides a source of funding to support the pioneering work for Sutherland and his team at the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery and Schulze Diabetes Institute.
Businessman and philanthropist Jeffrey Dobbs is remembered by family and friends as a man who was passionate about life and understood what it meant to be a leader. He was especially supportive of Sutherland and his work at the Schulze Diabetes Institute. When the family of Bob Salmen, a recipient in 1995 of a kidney-pancreas transplant performed by Sutherland, decided to create an annual fundraising event to support Sutherland’s diabetes research, Dobbs was quick to step up as the first sponsor. Dobbs’ contributions helped underwrite the Golf Classic “Fore” Diabetes Research, making it a first-class golf tournament. Dobbs, who downplayed his own diabetes, died in 2007 at age 51.
David E.R. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D., is an international leader in diabetes research and its clinical applications and is the founding director of the Schulze Diabetes Institute at the University of Minnesota. A world-renowned pancreatic transplant surgeon, Sutherland has trained more than half of the surgeons performing whole-organ pancreatic transplants worldwide. Among many firsts, he performed the world’s first transplant of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells in 1974. Developing large-scale, minimally invasive beta-cell replacement therapy as an alternative to pancreas transplantation to treat type 1 diabetes has dominated Sutherland’s research interests since the early days of his career in academic medicine.
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About Jeff Passolt
Jeff Passolt, retired Fox 9 news anchor, has been an avid supporter of diabetes research at the University of Minnesota and the Golf Classic “Fore” Diabetes Research tournament for many years. In 2014, the tournament was named after Passolt to recognize his continued efforts to draw attention to his important cause in hopes of finding a cure.
“Diabetes affects the lives of millions of Americans, but we can change that. I’ve been diabetic for over 30 years. Join us for a day of fun and friendship in our quest to make diabetes a thing of the past!” – Jeff Passolt