DALLAS — The Cain Foundation of Austin has given $900,000 to foster urology research and establish a fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

This latest gift from the longtime medical center supporters will create the Felecia Cain Fellowship in Urology, the first holder of which will be Dr. Sophie Fletcher. The fellowship is named for the wife of Cain Foundation trustee John Cain.

With this gift, the Cain Foundation has committed and donated more than $15 million to the medical center since 1990.

John and Felicia Cain live in Athens and are active in the community. John’s father, James B. Cain, also lives in Athens and is a longtime member of the foundation’s board. The foundation was established by Wofford Cain, a native Athenian.

“The Cain Foundation has played an extraordinary role in the progress UT Southwestern has made as a pre-eminent medical center,” said Dr. Kern Wildenthal, president of UT Southwestern. “The Cain Foundation and its trustees rank among the medical center’s most loyal and dedicated supporters, and we are enormously grateful for their investment in our work. This latest gift is a wonderful tribute to Felecia Cain, who — along with her family — has been a true champion of education and medicine. This fellowship will allow us to recruit, train and retain excellent young physicians like Sophie Fletcher, who are committed to clinical care and research in urology.”

The Cain Foundation was established in 1952 by Effie Marie and Wofford Cain to support Texas educational institutions, public charities, civic organizations and medical research programs.

Seventeen years ago, the Cain Foundation established the Effie and Wofford Cain Distinguished Chair in Diagnostic Imaging at UT Southwestern. In 1993, the Foundation continued its support by becoming one of the earliest contributors to UT Southwestern’s Fund for Molecular Research campaign, establishing both the Effie Marie Cain Alzheimer’s Research Center and the Effie Marie Cain Distinguished Chair in Alzheimer’s Research.

In 1994, the Foundation made another gift, providing funds for the Effie Marie Cain Distinguished Chair in Cancer Therapy Research and the R. Wofford Cain Distinguished Chair in Bone and Joint Disease Research. The Effie Marie and Wofford Cain Endowed Clinical Research Program was established in 1997. The Foundation also contributed to the Endowed Scholars Program in Medical Science in 1998.

Additionally, the Effie Marie Cain Research Scholar Fund was created in 1999 to provide support for new research initiatives in angiogenesis. In 2001, the Foundation provided funds for the Effie and Wofford Cain Conference Center, located on the UT Southwestern North Campus. In 2006 it donated $5 million to fund the Cain/Denius Comprehensive Center in Mobility Research.

The first Felecia Cain Fellow in Urology, Dr. Fletcher, is currently training with Dr. Philippe Zimmern in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Fletcher completed a urology residency (2007) at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville. She is a 1992 graduate of Columbia University.

“In my mind, there’s no better training opportunity available today in our specialty,” Dr. Fletcher said. “There are fellowships, and then there are outstanding fellowships which train the leaders in our field. I’m very grateful to the Cain Foundation for their wonderful support. The Felecia Cain Fellowship in Urology establishes a legacy for UT Southwestern as a source of surgeon-scientists who will make a real impact on the lives of our female patients.”

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