Starting the Motts58 Foundation is an extremely important accomplishment that holds a great deal of personal significance for me. I had the privilege of knowing Motts Tonelli as his physician during the last few years of his life. During those years, Motts taught me a great deal about sacrifice, honor and dignity and he became a crucial part of my development into the physician I am today. I have utilized his story and his last remaining days as an important teaching model for young physicians and students that I have trained over the last ten years.
Given my personal relationship with Motts and my understanding of the mentoring process for young physicians and students, I believe I am uniquely qualified to serve as President of the Motts 58 Foundation. I have mentored many students and young physicians and this has been an important component of my work as a Professor of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. During my early years as a student and junior faculty member, I also struggled with paying medical school loans and sacrificed higher salaries to remain in academic medicine. I personally benefited from a National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment scholarship and Motts helped me realize that it is my obligation to do what I can to provide students and young investigators the same opportunity I was given in my early career.
My goal going forward is to help children in Chicago realize their potential and to continue the legacy of Mario Tonelli. Mario spent much of his later life focused on mentoring children and supporting initiatives to help them understand how hard work and honesty are crucial to developing into a responsible and productive adult. Our aim will be to continue this work by providing funding for after-school programs and scholarships for children in Chicago.
Dr. John E. Pandolfino
Founder & Executive Director, Motts 58 Foundation