Professor emeritus Michael ’58 and Betty Chapman have provided a lifetime of leadership at UC Davis.
Michael W. Chapman, M.D., one of the founders of modern trauma surgery, is a self-proclaimed “Aggie for life!”
In addition to being a “proud alumnus of UC Davis,” Chapman served for approximately 20 years as chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the UC Davis Health System. There he implemented a modern, aggressive approach to treating patients with multiple injuries that improved patient recovery times and outcomes and earned UC Davis an international reputation for trauma services.
Since his retirement in 2000, Chapman and his wife, Betty, have continued their involvement with UC Davis. The couple has directly given or secured more than $9 million in donations to UC Davis in support of the UC Davis Health System, the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and UC Davis as a whole.
Additionally, Michael is a member of the Chancellor’s Campaign Cabinet and a life member of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. He also served as chair of the UC Davis Foundation Board. Betty helped lead the Center for the Arts Campaign and the Chapmans are members of the Davis Chancellor’s Club and the Chancellor’s Laureates.
The Chapmans also were integral to the building of the UC Davis Medical Center’s new Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion — Northern California’s only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center. In honor of his role as a leader in trauma surgery, the pavilion’s emergency department and trauma center was named the Michael W. Chapman Emergency and Trauma Center; and for their $1 million gift to the pavilion, the Emergency Department waiting room is named after Betty.