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Donated Sculptures Beautify Creighton Campus; Reinforce Mission

Donated Sculptures Beautify Creighton Campus; Reinforce Mission

Wayne F.J. Yakes, M.D., a 1979 graduate of Creighton University’s School of Medicine and his wife Nona, avid art collectors, have chosen to express their philanthropy to the University with a donation of world famous bronze sculptures reflecting the values learned there.

On Friday, June 4 at 11:30 a.m. a sculpture titled “Moses” will be unveiled on the north side of the Ahmanson Law Center, 21st and Cass Sts.

Sculpted by internationally renowned artist Gib Singleton, the sculpture joins the “Crucifix” which is permanently displayed on the south side of the Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning on campus.

“These beautiful and inspiring sculptures will be a constant reminder to our students of the profound impact a Creighton education had on an alumnus and can have on them. It is befitting that the sculpture depicts Moses, the ultimate law giver,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., president of Creighton University.

Yakes has specialized in treating vascular malformations using endovascular transcather techniques he pioneered in lieu of open surgery. In 1991, he established the Vascular Malformation Center at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo., the only organization of its kind that specializes in the diagnosis and management of vascular anomalies in all anatomic locations. He was also the president of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies.

His academic appointments include the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (Denver, Colo.), the University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Swedish Medical Center (Englewood, Colo.), Porter Memorial Hospital (Denver, Colo.), and Littleton Hospital (Littleton, Colo.). He has also given lectures on his pioneering endovascular techniques to treat vascular malformations throughout the world. He has served on numerous hospital and national committees and international societies.

The family’s art is showcased throughout the world and is currently being exhibited at the ARoS Museum, Denmark, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Biblical Art, Santa Fe Zueger Museum, among other places.

“My mother, Frances Ann, always dreamed of me attending a Catholic medical school rather than a state school. Creighton allowed her to realize that dream for me and educated me as a physician with Catholic moral underpinnings. Those values, reinforced by all physicians in the Hippocratic oath have led me not only to international recognition for the medical advancements I have made but to the betterment of care for patients,” said Yakes.

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