Improving Facilities and Inspiring Students

During the Generations campaign, a transformation occurred at the historic Medical Dental Building. The space formerly occupied by two teaching classrooms became the state-of-the-art W. Proctor Harvey Clinical Teaching Amphitheater, named for the beloved Georgetown professor who died in 2007. Harvey (H’79) was considered the nation’s most skilled practitioner of auscultation—the ability to detect cardiac ailments by listening to heart sounds.

“This transformation takes Dr. Harvey’s 60-year career of clinical teaching to the cutting edge,” said Dr. Stephen Ray Mitchell, dean for medical education. “From this classroom, we are able to connect directly to every place our students learn, from all our clinical affiliates to Hôpital Sacré-Coeur in Haiti,” where medical students can do an overseas rotation.

The $7 million facility was funded entirely through philanthropic efforts and grants, including lead gifts from the W. Proctor Harvey Foundation and from Dr. Harvey and his wife, Irma.

“This was a great opportunity for me to give back in a tangible way,” said Edmund Kwan, M.D. (M’87), a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in New York and a donor to the renovation. Kwan added that he and his wife, Susan, feel “privileged to be able to help the next generation of Hoyas,” a generation that includes two of their three children—sons Brandon (C’15, MS’17) and Jason Kwan (B’17).

Dr. Kwan recalls needing grants and loans to pay for his education. “It was a struggle for me. I was able to spare my children from that struggle but I have seen so many talented students who can’t go to their top choice school due to financial constraints.”

In recent years, the Kwans decided to establish two endowed scholarships at Georgetown. The Kwan Family Endowed Scholarship is offered to undergraduates while the Susan and Edmund Kwan Endowed Scholarship Fund is made available to medical students.

“My wife and I want to make it easier for high-achieving students to attend Georgetown,” shares Dr. Kwan. “They are so determined. I know they will be successful here and in their careers.”

“We hope that the recipients feel inspired to give back and remain engaged with the Georgetown community in the future,” he adds.

One recipient, Sierra A. Cribb (C’18) of Columbia, S.C., couldn’t be happier with Georgetown and her anthropology/pre-med course of study.

“I vividly remember my first visit. I followed Google Maps up the steep hills of the Georgetown neighborhood and immediately felt welcomed by life that seemed to radiate from inside of the front gates. After seeing campus facilities like Regents Hall and realizing that I'd be able to work with students of various backgrounds, I was certain that Georgetown was where I wanted to be.”