Felicia Ann Schenkel Memorial

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    USC Felicia Ann Schenkel Lectureship

    Recently the Trojan family lost a dear friend, someone who embodied our vision of caring for every patient as if they were a close family member. With respect, admiration, and appreciation, we are honored to announce the USC Department of Surgery Felicia Ann Schenkel Lectureship.

    Felicia Ann Schenkel, MSN, NP, passed away on January 22, 2021. During her 28 years at USC, she was integral in the creation and subsequent clinical success of the lung transplant, living donor lobar lung transplant, heart transplant, and mechanical circulatory assist programs at Keck Medicine of USC. She was beloved by patients and colleagues alike.

    Felicia was gifted at connecting with patients and inspiring trust and laughter in the people she worked with. She had a dramatic impact on the lives of thousands of patients throughout her career. She had an innate ability to establish intimate relationships with her patients, who found reassurance and hope in her words.

    Felicia is survived by her two daughters, Erin and Caitlin, and her husband, Dr. Mark Barr, a faculty member in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery who was blessed to have worked with her for over 30 years in addition to their 27 years of marriage.

    Donations will fund this lectureship in memory of Felicia, the first non-physician at the Keck School of Medicine of USC to be honored in this fashion.

    Felicia embodied the spirit of the Department of Surgery at USC. Her commitment to her patients was her personal passion and one of her guiding principles. We are honoring this commitment and her life with a lectureship to enrich the education of future generations of compassionate caregivers. A myriad of friends and colleagues at USC who love her will take some comfort in knowing that a life like Felicia’s that touched so many others will go on forever.

    When my body won't hold me anymore
    And it…finally…lets me free
    Where will I go?

    Will the trade winds take me south…through Georgia grain?
    Or tropical rain?
    Or snow from the heavens?

    Will I join with the ocean blue?
    Or run into…a savior true?
    And shake hands laughing

    And walk through the night, straight to the light
    Holding the love I've known in my life
    And no…hard…feelings

    -- from “No Hard Feelings” by Robert William Crawford, Scott Yancey Avett, and Timothy Seth Avett

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