Donor Stories

Elizabeth Harden and Richard Hoefer

Elizabeth Harden M.D.’78, HS’84 says her Duke medical education and training influence her every day.

“The Duke colleagues I met and continue to work with and the excellence demanded of us made me the doctor I am today.”

She and her husband, Richard Hoefer, regularly collaborate. She is a medical oncologist, and he is a surgical oncologist. Together, they made an $8 million bequest to support Duke Cancer Institute’s mission to bridge boundaries to advance multidisciplinary cancer care.

Their gift supports both of their passions: it will create an endowed pilot fund for research and a professorship within the institute. “Research that gets translated to the bedside gives me the tools I need to take care of my patients,” says Harden.