Leaving a Lasting Legacy for Cancer Survivors

Sight + Sound, Spring 2022

To commemorate Dr. Jonas T. Johnson stepping down after 16 years as Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, and to honor his 42 years at the University of Pittsburgh, the Eye & Ear Foundation has created an endowment fund. Called the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Program, the goal is to reach $1,000,000. Thank you, Dr. Mark Mendel-Brown for making a lead gift of $25K to get this fund started.

To that end, EEF is hosting a dinner on June 14 at the Duquesne Club to lightly roast and honor Dr. Johnson as well as raise money for the endowment. Tickets will be $250 each, or $500 a couple.

In his next phase of life, Dr. Johnson will help run the Survivorship Clinic, a cause close to his heart. He and Marci Nielsen started it in 2016 to provide a more comprehensive standard of care for head and neck cancer patients. It includes long-term follow up, surveillance, prevention, assessment, and help in navigating the health system.

By all accounts, everyone loves Dr. Johnson and will miss him in his current role.

“There are people who you know are special the moment you meet them, and this is how I have always felt about Dr. Jonas Johnson,” said Lawton Snyder, EEF CEO. “I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. Johnson for over 12 years, and I can say on behalf of myself and all of the Eye & Ear Foundation team, that he has always inspired us to do everything we can do support his mission for the Department of Otolaryngology, and we have all enjoyed the experience of working with him along the way.”

Visit eyeandear.org for event and registration.