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A Vote for Research Around Spinal Surgery

Date: October 1, 2014

Among the causes to which Gloria Butland devotes her attention is the work and research of spine surgeon Dr. Jay Khanna, whose books enjoy a prominent spot in her home.
Among the causes to which Gloria Butland devotes her attention is the work and research of spine surgeon Dr. Jay Khanna, whose books enjoy a prominent spot in her home.

As a writer for the Senate Appropriations Committee for two decades, Gloria Butland gained extensive knowledge about allocating funds. “The Appropriations Committee funds everything coming from the United States,” she says. “I would sit in on the hearings and listen to what people needed money for and where it would go. Then I would write up the reports.”

These days, Butland uses her experience in funding in a different manner: for philanthropic purposes.

As a volunteer board member and fundraiser for groups such as the Prevention of Blindness Society, The Washington Ballet and the Washington Numismatic Society, Butland writes letters and makes phone calls in support of these organizations. Most recently, she added the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins to her list of organizations to support.

After experiencing around-the-clock and severe pain and weakness in her legs and back, Butland visited spine surgeon Dr. Jay Khanna, the division chief of Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery in the National Capital Region, vice chair of professional development and professor of orthopaedic surgery.

During one of their meetings, Butland says Khanna gave her two books he had written on spine surgery and imaging. After reviewing them, she started keeping them on the table in her living room. Whenever she talks about Khanna to other people, she affectionately refers to him as “Dr. G.”

“I call him Dr. G because I think he’s a genius,” she says. “I have spine trouble and I can trust him implicitly. I admire his intelligence and hope he can help humanity.”

To that end, in August 2014, Butland made a generous gift to the Johns Hopkins Khanna Leadership Fund to enable advancements around the clinical, teaching and research aspects of orthopaedic and spine surgery.

“Research and teaching matters to me because I want improvement on treatments,” says Butland. “I want to find out why these things happen so we know how to cure them. Don’t just tell me to take medicine several times a day. You have to find the cause so you can have a cure.”

In September 2014, Butland had spine surgery by Khanna. After her full recovery, she hopes to be pain free and better able to walk. “I have faith in him,” she says. “Anyone who is intelligent has got my vote, and he’s got it a million times over.” 





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