She realized that she was fortunate because her father was a family physician. He was
willing to make extra effort that led to open heart surgery for her at the age of 20. She had her
aorta replaced so she did not have a life-threatening illness, which is what happens to many
people with Marfan’s syndrome.
When she came to UK, she did not know exactly what she wanted to do, but she knew
that she wanted to do something for the people in Kentucky who had Marfan’s syndrome. She
said that she had been given an abundance of opportunities at the University of Kentucky. With
the two years of professional mentored research, as well as an academic health career
scholarship, she has leamed all about academic medicine. She even had a mentor, Dr. Steven
Estus, who sat down with her and asked what she wanted to do. She infonned him that she had
studied biochemistry and molecular biology and Marfan’s syndrome at NIH and the clinical
aspects. She wanted to combine the two, and Dr. Estus suggested that they look at splicing. Dr.
Estus found the funding and the avenue of training for her so that she could do this and have an
Not only did Dr. Estus send her to conferences, he invited her cardiologist Dr. Harry
"Hal” Dietz from Johns Hopkins to give a lecture to the College of Medicine at UK. Dr. Dietz
gave a lecture to her professors, fellow classmates, and members of the Central Kentucky Marfan
Network Group, which is a local network group that she founded while she was in undergraduate
Dr. Dietz stayed late to talk to the Kentuckians and the Marfan Network Group. One
family had driven from Pikeville, Kentucky. Their ll year old son had been diagnosed with
Marfan syndrome. He had lost his father to Marfan’s syndrome within the last year. Dr. Dietz
infonned the family that their son’s medicine should probably be doubled to prevent further
complications. This made her so grateful to the University of Kentucky because Dr. Daugherty
had expanded his research to try to find a cure for her disease and is trying to help Kentuckians
who already have the disease.
Ms. Burchett concluded her remarks by saying that she has received a world-class
education at UK, and she is very excited to continue this work as a physician in the future. The
Board gave Mary a round of applause.
President Capilouto thanked Dr. Dobbs and Ms. Burchett. He reiterated his remarks in
his investiture speech: "This place is truly remarkable.”
H. Naming of University Building (PR 3)
President Capilouto said that PR 3 is a recommendation that the Board of Trustees
approve renaming the North Hall residence building the "David P. Roselle Hall” in honor ofthe
University of Kentucky’s ninth president.