About Jeffery Dobbs and David E.R. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D.
The Jeffery 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 Jeff Dobbs for his legacy of positive leadership and provides a source of funding to support the pioneering work of Dr. Sutherland and his team at the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery and the Schulze Diabetes Institute.
Businessman and philanthropist Jeffery 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 Dr. 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 Dr. Sutherland, decided to create an annual fundraising event to support Dr. Sutherland’s diabetes research, Jeff Dobbs was quick to step up as the first sponsor. Jeff’s contributions helped underwrite the Golf Classic “Fore” Diabetes Research, making it a first-class golf tournament. Jeff 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, Dr. 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 Dr. Sutherland’s research interests since the early days of his career in academic medicine.
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About Jeff Passolt
Jeff Passolt, 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 this important cause in hopes of finding a cure.