Gift Planning

A Brighter Future for Others

After a rise in Dr. David Javitch’s already elevated cholesterol and blood pressure prompted the need for a CT scan, he suddenly found himself facing a frightening diagnosis: kidney cancer.

He credits his physician, Mark Ellenbogen, MD, for detecting the cancer early enough to treat it, and his renal specialist, David Charytan, MD, for providing the care and guidance needed to manage the disease.

“All my life, I’ve been guided by the philosophy, ‘Help repair the world.’ By naming Brigham and Women’s Hospital in my will, I want to help others experience the same kind of life-changing care I did,” says Javitch. 

In appreciation for his life-saving care, Javitch made a provision in his will to support the work Charytan is doing at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Through his will, Javitch can provide for his family, and ensure that innovative research continues to improve treatments for cardiovascular patients with kidney disease. 

Both his philanthropy and his career speak to this commitment. A management consultant, speaker, and author, Javitch is proud of the teaching awards he has received during more than 20 years as a professor of health policy and management at Boston University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“I firmly believe in educating the next generation of healthcare leaders,” he says. “In my classes, I use my experiences with Dr. Charytan and Dr. Ellenbogen as examples of what a great physician does.”

In recognition of his gift, Javitch was welcomed into The Legacy Society, an honorary group recognizing donors who include Brigham and Women’s Hospital or Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in their estate plans. 

“This is quite an honor,” he says. “I feel good knowing I’m giving to an organization that helps people in such a profound way.” 

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