Boyer named Loeb Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery

Martin I. Boyer, M.D., has been named the Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery.


Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Larry J. Shapiro, M.D., executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, announced the appointment.

“We thank Carol Loeb for establishing this new professorship in orthopedic surgery,” Wrighton said. “Having now established two endowed professorships and a teaching fellows program, the Loeb family’s generous commitment to excellence in training and education has significantly aided many people, not only at the School of Medicine, but throughout the University and the St. Louis region.”

Boyer, a specialist in hand surgery, is chief of the Washington University Orthopedics Hand and Wrist Service and director of third- and fourth-year medical school education in musculoskeletal surgery and medicine.

“This professorship recognizes Martin Boyer for his extraordinary skills as a physician and teacher,” Shapiro said. “The creation of endowments remains vital to the School of Medicine’s ability to recruit and retain faculty members like Dr. Boyer who provide exceptional clinical care to our patients and exceptional educational experiences for our students.”

Richard H. Gelberman, M.D., the Fred C. Reynolds Professor and head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, recruited Boyer to WUSTL in 1997.

“Martin Boyer is a ‘triple threat’ in our department,” Gelberman said. “He is an outstanding physician, investigator and teacher and is nationally and internationally renowned as a specialist in hand surgery. Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital are fortunate to have him here.”

“I am grateful to be chosen for this honor and thankful for the important role that endowments from the Loebs have played in my career at Washington University,” Boyer said. “I believe this recognition helps boost the entire Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. We are fortunate to have many outstanding scientists and physicians, and I am proud to be associated with such talented colleagues.”

Carol Loeb earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and French from Mount Holyoke College. She became a mathematics teacher and tutor and served on the Member’s Board of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Loebs also established the Loeb Prize for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics at the St. Louis Science Center, where Carol Loeb is serving her second term on the board of trustees.

Jerome Loeb, former chairman of the May Department Stores Co., joined the company’s Famous-Barr division in 1964 and held several positions both at the corporate office and at Hecht’s, based in Washington, D.C. In 1981, he was named executive vice president and CFO for the company, was elected to the board of directors in 1984, was promoted to president in 1993 and was named chairman in 1998. He retired in 2001 and died in 2004.

Jerome Loeb earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Tufts University and a master’s degree in mathematics from WUSTL in 1964.