The Honorable Dolph Briscoe Jr., governor of Texas from 1973 to 1979, is one of the legendary figures in Texas history. His biggest fan was his late wife, Janey. She lived two years after a massive heart attack because of the excellent care she received from faculty cardiologists at the Health Science Center. She passed away in 2000.
“Because of Dr. Steven Bailey’s determination and diligent care for Janey, I was able to spend another precious two years with her,” Gov. Briscoe said. A year after Mrs. Briscoe’s death, the governor donated $1 million to establish the Janey Briscoe Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research.
On Sept. 20, 2008, Gov. Briscoe announced his latest gift to the Health Science Center
$5 million in support of cardiology and women’s health. The announcement was made during the 40th anniversary gala for the School of Medicine. In recognition of Gov. Briscoe’s generosity, the Health Science Center will name the Division of Cardiology the Janey and Dolph Briscoe Division of Cardiology. To date Gov. Briscoe has given $9 million to cardiovascular disease research at the Health Science Center in honor of his late wife.
Headed by Steven R. Bailey, M.D., the Janey Briscoe Distinguished University Chair in Cardiovascular Research, the center’s purpose is to develop new methods to treat America’s leading killers heart disease and stroke.