HARRY AND BETTY MYERBERG/THOMAS R. HENDRIX PROFESSORSHIP IN GASTROENTEROLOGY
Established in 2008 by a gift from Harry Myerberg and by gifts made in honor of Thomas R. Hendrix

HARRY MYERBERG, a Baltimore native, attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, then attended Johns Hopkins for three years, leaving to work for Warner Brothers in New York. He returned to Baltimore in 1936 to join the family real estate development business, N.J. Myerberg and Sons, with his father and several brothers. A pioneer in formulating the need for moderate- and low-income housing, his expertise was recognized by the federal government when he was invited to be an advisor to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the 1960s. Mr. Myerberg was active in real estate development including garden apartments, townhouses, single-family dwellings, shopping centers, and retirement communities until his death in 2006.

 

BETTY MYERBERG, who died in 2001, had been a fashion and photographic model, a volunteer at Fort Meade during World War II, and founder of the candy stripers service organization at Sinai Hospital. A civic leader, she served on the boards of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera, and the Walters Art Gallery.

The Myerbergs shared a passion for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital, respecting the excellence of its doctors, clinical and scientific research. It was their mission to dedicate their resources and efforts to assure future generations of doctors, patients, and researchers with ample financial assistance for innovative and life-enhancing projects. The Myerbergs’ two daughters are proud to carry on this philanthropic legacy.

 

THOMAS R. HENDRIX, Med 1951, became the first full-time director of gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins six years after receiving his medical degree, a position he held until 1988. He contributed significantly to the division’s longstanding reputation as one of the world’s leading resources for the research and care of gastrointestinal disorders. Throughout his tenure at Hopkins, Dr. Hendrix mentored many students, colleagues, and investigators. He is also widely recognized as one of the first investigators to demonstrate the value of the gluten-free diet. Dr. Hendrix is currently an Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Emeritus Director of the Division of Gastroenterology.

 

STEPHEN J. MELTZER, MD, the inaugural Harry and Betty Myerberg/Thomas R. Hendrix Professor of Gastroenterology, is a recognized leader in tumor genetics of the digestive tract. He joined Hopkins in 2006 after 18 years on the faculty at the University of Maryland Medical School. He is considered the international leader in the molecular genetics of esophageal carcinogenesis, and performed groundbreaking studies in gastric and colorectal carcinogenesis and premalignant ulcerative colitis. He is the world’s acknowledged leader in applying genomics to esophageal carcinogenesis. Dr. Meltzer has published or has in press 151 original articles and holds several patent applications.