For more than a decade, Stephen Muss has been a loyal philanthropic supporter of Kirk Daffner, MD, chief of the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As Muss explains, “Dr. Daffner has been instrumental in my life, in every possible direction.”
From seeing Daffner for medical appointments to receiving advice and referrals for family members—most recently his granddaughter—Muss remains grateful for the many ways the leading neurologist has helped his family.
Recently, Muss decided to expand his giving significantly by making a $1 million gift to establish the Stephen Muss Clinical Directorship in the Alzheimer Center at BWH.
As the directorship’s first incumbent, Daffner will have critical, flexible funding to move forward innovative research, clinical care, and training for the next generation of neurologists—all with the goal of finding new ways to protect and improve cognitive health as people age.
Particularly with Alzheimer’s, a brain disease that attacks memory and other important mental functions in approximately 5.5 million Americans, new breakthroughs and improved models of care are sorely needed to more effectively slow and someday halt the disease.
“Stephen’s commitment to my efforts over the years has been enormously helpful to enhance our understanding of changes associated with normal aging versus neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer’s,” Daffner says.
“This endowment will help me, and those who follow, to improve care and treatment options,” Daffner adds. “It’s challenging to find the right words to truly express my appreciation for Stephen’s partnership and friendship, and I hope to show him my gratitude through all we’ll accomplish in the years to come.”
Despite the tremendous impact his gift will make, Muss views his support with humility.
“In my small way, I hope I can be instrumental in furthering research and improving care,” he says. “I appreciate what BWH and Dr. Daffner are doing to advance health for so many people.”