Message from Our Founder
Dr. John E. Pandolfino
Founder & Executive Director, Motts 58 Foundation

Starting the Motts58 Foundation is an extremely important accomplishment that holds a great deal of personal significance for me. I had the privilege of knowing Motts Tonelli as his physician during the last few years of his life. During those years, Motts taught me a great deal about sacrifice, honor and dignity and he became a crucial part of my development into the physician I am today. I have utilized his story and his last remaining days as an important teaching model for young physicians and students that I have trained over the last five years.

As one of the country’s premier academic medical center hospitals, Northwestern Memorial serves as the primary teaching hospital for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. We are committed to the advancement of healthcare through clinical innovation, medical education and scientific research. Our medical staff represents virtually every specialty and is comprised of more than 1,600 affiliated physicians who also serve as faculty members of the Feinberg School.

Given my personal relationship with Motts and my understanding of the mentoring process for young physicians and students, I believe I am uniquely qualified to serve as President of the Motts58 Foundation. I have mentored many students and young physicians and this has been an important component of my work as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. During my early years as a student and junior faculty member, I also struggled with paying medical school loans and sacrificed higher salaries to remain in academic medicine. I personally benefitted from a National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment scholarship and Motts helped me realize that it is my obligation to do what I can to provide students and young investigators the same opportunity I was given in my early career.