Manion First to Hold Shea Family Endowed Chair at Creighton
James L. Manion, M.D., vice chair and associate professor of anesthesiology, will be the first holder of The Sheila and James J. Shea Family Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology at Creighton University School of Medicine. An inaugural ceremony will be held Sept. 14.
Manion, a 1966 graduate of the Creighton School of Medicine, joined the University’s faculty in 1979 and became vice chair of anesthesiology in 2000.
A native of Creighton, Neb., Manion’s contributions to the University and the public have been many. He helped lead a four-year effort for passage of the 1989 Nebraska motorcycle helmet law and was involved in the passage of Omaha’s seat belt law for children in 1991. He served on the Omaha Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska, 1984-1997, including three years as foundation president and 10 years as fund-raising chair.
At Creighton, Manion helped establish the University’s George Arnold Scholarship Fund for needy medical students. He also served on the Creighton 2000 Campaign Omaha Steering Committee.
Among the awards Manion has received in recognition of his work are the Governor’s Highway Safety Award, 1990; Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Treasure Seeker Award, 1996; Metro Omaha Medical Society Auxiliary’s Physician of the Year Award, 1998; Creighton University’s Jaybacker of the Year Award, 1999; Creighton University’s Alumni Achievement Award, 2000; Creighton School of Medicine’s "Crystal Cadeusus Award,” 2005; and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 2006.
The Shea Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology is the eighth endowed chair in the School of Medicine and the 27th endowed chair at Creighton University.
James J. Shea, M.D. attended Creighton University from 1950-57, earning his medical degree in 1957. The late Sheila Tobin Shea received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Creighton in 1959. The couple married in 1959 and spent the next four years in Germany, where Shea served as a medical officer. He later entered private practice in anesthesiology in Visalia, Calif.
The Sheas raised seven children, including a daughter, Patricia Shea Longacre, a registered nurse in Omaha. Dr. Shea is retired and lives in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Mrs. Shea died in 1998.