Dr. Daniel Marks is recipient of the Ray Hickey Chair for the Director of the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute

Dean Sharon Anderson (left) and Dr. Daniel Marks.

Daniel Marks, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for research and professor of pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine, was appointed recipient of the Ray Hickey Chair for the Director of the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute. The investiture was attended by Dr. Marks and family, School of Medicine Dean Sharon Anderson, school leaders and faculty, and members of the OHSU Foundation.

Dr. Marks received medical and graduate training at the University of Washington, then completed his pediatric residency at the University of Utah, and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at OHSU. His work is focused on the neuroendocrine control of body weight. He has a particular interest in pediatric weight regulation, including obesity, failure to thrive, and disease-associated cachexia.

His team focuses on building resilience in children affected by chronic diseases, especially childhood cancer, so that they can continue to thrive in the face of health adversity. For the last 22 years, this work has been supported continuously by the National Institutes of Health, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and other organizations. Dr. Marks also served as a Senior Scientific Advisor on the healthy childhood growth team for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Thank you, Ray Hickey

Ray Hickey was a leading Clark County, Washington, businessman and philanthropist. He provided generous funding to help establish the Ray Hickey Chair for the Director of the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute in 2005, after being inspired by the institute’s vision of eliminating a host of serious childhood diseases by attacking their root causes.

Born in Montana and raised in Idaho, Ray had a storied 45-year career at Tidewater Barge Lines, starting as a deckhand in 1951 and working his way up to president and eventually owner of the company. Though he didn’t finish high school, he believed strongly in education and the power of community, all chronicled in his memoir, Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done: Your Career is Your Ship – You Be the Captain, published in 2008.

Following the sale of Tidewater in 1996, he elevated his philanthropy, establishing the Ray Hickey Foundation and becoming a longtime supporter of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and numerous other charitable and community causes.

Ray died in 2010 at age 82. The Pape Institute’s vision of eliminating serious childhood disease struck a personal chord with Mr. Hickey. The experience of losing two of his siblings to childhood illness inspired him to establish this endowment.

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