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Beloved Epilepsy Doctor Remembered With a Gift

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago made a gift to Rush in honor of the late epileptologist Richard N. Rovner, MD.

Epilepsy Foundation Luncheon
The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago donated more than $40,000 to Rush. L - R: Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago representatives Dennis DeCaro, Mike Keenan and Kurt Florian; Judge Ilana D. Rovner and her son, Max; and Michael Smith, MD

In honor of the late epileptologist Richard N. Rovner, MD, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago donated to Rush more than $40,000 in proceeds from recent gala dinners, supporting the Richard N. Rovner Fund for Epilepsy Research. Rovner, who spent 35 years at Northwestern before joining Rush for the last decade of his career, died in 2009. 

In late May, Rovner’s widow, Judge Ilana D. Rovner, and son, Max; Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago president and CEO Kurt Florian; several foundation board members; friends of the Rovners; and Michael C. Smith, MD, director of Rush University Medical Center's Epilepsy Center, gathered for a luncheon at Rush to celebrate Rovner’s life and legacy — and thank the Epilepsy Foundation for its generous gift. 

The foundation’s gift represents a link between Rovner’s two favorite institutions, said his son, Max, a psychiatry resident at the University of Chicago. According to Max, Rovner used to say that joining Rush was the second best decision he’d ever made, after marrying Ilana, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

The gift also continues Smith’s push to fund a named chair at Rush in Rovner’s honor. Smith’s mentor and friend “very much deserves it,” Smith said. “I miss him sorely. He was one of the best epileptologists in the Chicago area.”

You can support the Richard N. Rovner Fund for Epilepsy Research at Rush through a charitable gift. To discuss an option that would be meaningful to you, please contact Bernadette O’Shea in Rush's Office of Philanthropy at (312) 942-8710 or bernadette_o’shea@rush.edu. You may also make a gift online using our secure online giving form.

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