Grateful Patient Donates $1 Million to Fletcher Allen Health Care to Honor Surgeon

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A former patient of cardiothoracic surgeon Frank Ittleman, MD has given $1 million to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT to create a professorship in his name at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

A former patient of cardiothoracic surgeon Frank Ittleman, M.D. has donated $1 million to Fletcher Allen Health Care to establish a professorship in his name at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The creation of the Frank P. Ittleman Professorship will be used to help the hospital and the College attract and retain a nationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon in the future.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, and an acquaintance were both treated successfully in recent years by Dr. Ittleman, who is division chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Fletcher Allen and a professor of surgery at the College of Medicine. Those positive experiences motivated the gift. The donor was also inspired by a $1 million challenge grant in June, 2012 from Tom and Mary Evslin of Stowe to support advanced cardiology research at Fletcher Allen and the College.

“I am humbled, proud, and pleased,” said Dr. Ittleman. “I do want to make clear, however, that this gift is not about me. It is a reflection on Fletcher Allen Health Care as a whole and all the people who work here every day. Without the floor nurses, the administrative staff, the ICU and operating room teams, the technicians who run the heart-lung machine - everyone really - we could not have experienced the successes we have had over the years. It truly is a team effort.”

“This gift is a testament to the excellent care Dr. Ittleman and our cardiothoracic surgical team provide to every one of our patients,” said John R. Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care. “I hope news of this very generous donation will make all the residents of our region aware of the first rate care we provide. My congratulations to Dr. Ittleman for this well-deserved recognition.”

“The Ittleman Professor will provide superb clinical expertise, excellent training for our medical students and residents, and continued innovation with new procedures,” said Marion Couch, M.D., PhD, MBA, professor and interim chair of the Department of Surgery.

In addition to leading the cardiothoracic surgery program, Dr. Ittleman has served in numerous leadership positions during his 30-year career at Fletcher Allen/UVM including executive vice chair of the Department of Surgery and associate vice president for Operations for the UVM Medical Group. He has performed an estimated 10,000 surgeries in his 38 year career.

Dr. Ittleman earned his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and began his career at Case Western Reserve University and other hospitals in Cleveland before coming to the UVM College of Medicine and what was then the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in 1980.

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Visit here for background information on Dr. Ittleman and a video about his philosophy of care.

About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Fletcher Allen, along with Central Vermont Medical Center, CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at


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