Established in 2003 by the Dresher family in memory of James T. Dresher Sr.

JAMES T. DRESHER SR. was known as a "turn-around artist" who improved the fate of every company he touched. As CEO of York International, a global heating and air-conditioning company in York, Pennsylvania, he took a money-losing operation to a Fortune 500 company that installed systems at several Winter Olympic games and inside the Chunnel, the tunnel connecting England and France. After retiring from York, Mr. Dresher acquired and ran Unidata, a software company based in Denver. The Dresher family also built and operated 12 McDonald's restaurants and were early supporters of Baltimore's Ronald McDonald House and countless other charitable organizations in the Baltimore area. Mr. Dresher, with his wife Virginia, started the Dresher Foundation in 1989. VIRGINIA DRESHER and the Dresher children and families remain foundation trustees. Mr. Dresher died in 1999.


DUKE E. CAMERON, the inaugural James T. Dresher Sr. Professor of Cardiac Surgery, is recognized as a leader in surgical innovation, clinical excellence and for his commitment to the education of young surgeons. He is considered a national expert in pediatric cardiac surgery, the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass and surgery for Marfan Syndrome. Dr. Cameron came to Hopkins in 1984 for cardiothoracic training and joined the cardiac surgical faculty in 1987, becoming director of pediatric cardiac surgery in 1993. Now a professor of surgery and of pediatrics, Dr. Cameron focuses on the surgical treatment of cardiovascular complications of Marfan Syndrome. Author of more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 13 book chapters, Dr. Cameron has been honored by the American College of Surgeons and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.