$100 million gift gives MED a new name: the BU Aram V. Chobanian & Edward Avedisian School of Medicine
Posted October 2022
Two successful men—one a renowned cardiologist and former president of Boston University, the other a celebrated clarinetist for the Boston Pops—have changed the course of Boston University history.
Lifelong friends Aram V. Chobanian (Hon.’06) and Edward Avedisian (CFA’59,’61) will now be connected forever as the namesakes of BU’s medical school. Thanks to a $100 million gift from Avedisian that will support scholarships, endowed faculty chairs, and cutting-edge research and teaching, the school is being renamed the Boston University Aram V. Chobanian & Edward Avedisian School of Medicine.
University President Robert A. Brown called it “one of the most remarkable grants in the history of higher education” at a private signing ceremony at his residence in late August to accept the gift and formalize the school’s name change.
The gift “will transform the medical school,” says Karen Antman, dean of the medical school and provost of the Medical Campus. The Aram V. Chobanian & Edward Avedisian School of Medicine Endowed Fund will provide:
- $50 million to support scholarships for medical students
- $25 million to support endowed professorships
- $25 million to the Avedisian Fund for Excellence to keep the school at the forefront of research and teaching
Read the full story at BU Today.