Category: Community Health, Health Magazine

Title:Changing lives together

In 2018, Jay Khanna, MD, performed life-changing spinal surgery on Dan D’Aniello at Johns Hopkins University. Four years later, they are changing lives together.

D’Aniello, who followed Khanna as a patient to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital—where Khanna now serves as physician executive director for the Orthopaedic Institute—has made a gift of $5 million to Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The gift devotes $3 million to an endowed chair of orthopaedics and $2 million to the Medical/ Surgical Pavilion.

Khanna, who is also chair and professor of orthopaedic surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and academic chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Georgetown’s School of Medicine, says he is “humbled” by D’Aniello’s support of work grounded in cura personalis.

“Through my care experience, Dr. Khanna and I developed a wonderful relationship, and I’m grateful for his keen knowledge of orthopaedic surgery and for how accessible he was,” D’Aniello says. “The people that I’m investing in here hold a core value that I believe in.”

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