When Marc B. Garnick, M.D., G.M.E.,
meets with other School of Medicine alumni,
their conversations inevitably revolve around
their early days at Penn. The memories vary, but the
theme is usually the same.
“Every single one of us,” he says, “had a memorable
and positive experience, especially due to the camaraderie
of fellow classmates and Penn’s excellent and committed
More than 30 years after his student days ended, Dr. Garnick
has become one of the School’s most devoted advocates.
In addition to serving on the Medical Alumni Leadership
Council and providing other kinds of support, last year
he and his wife, Bobbi, created a deferred charitable gift
annuity to the Medical Class of 1972 Scholarship Fund.
“I wish I could give so much more,” he says. “The School of
Medicine provided me with the tools for establishing a
professionally meaningful life and a livelihood for my
family. You just cannot put a value on that.”
Today, Dr. Garnick is a nationally recognized expert in urological
cancer. He lectures throughout the country and is
the author of “A Patient’s Guide to Prostate Cancer.” He divides
his time between clinical practice and teaching at Harvard
Medical School, where he is a full professor, and serving
as executive vice president and chief medical officer of
Praecis Pharmaceutical, Inc.
For Dr. Garnick, drug development is particularly exciting because
of its potential to help thousands of patients. Not
surprisingly, Dr. Garnick sees an important place for his alma
mater in this area. “Drug development and extending
people’s lives is the lifeline of medicine,” he says. “Penn Medicine is
the perfect vehicle to bring the two worlds of business and
Dr. Garnick will do “whatever it takes” to bring more
support to the School. To that end, he and his wife have
hosted dinners for alumni at their home outside of Boston.
“We see these events as a way to inspire others to get involved
and give back to an excellent institution.”
Dr. Garnick’s planned gift, with its current tax deduction
and partially tax-free payments during retirement, helped
him find a way to make a significant gift as well as enhance
his own financial future. His deferred charitable
gift annuity is just one of many creative gift opportunities that benefit
both the School of Medicine and its donors.