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Hoag hospital creates new endowed chair

A new position in breast surgery is created through the support of the Gross Family Foundation

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: February 06, 2013 03:30 PM

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian this week has established a new endowed chair, thanks to the support of Newport Beach philanthropists Sue and Bill Gross. Dr. Melvin Silverstein, director of Hoag’s Breast Care Center and an internationally recognized breast cancer researcher and surgeon, is the new Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery.

The new endowed chair position is founded through a donation from the Gross Family Foundation, led by PIMCO founder Bill Gross and his wife Sue. Mrs. Gross, president of the Foundation, said the couple is pleased that the endowment will recognize Dr. Silverstein’s work and leadership. “We wholeheartedly support Hoag in providing the endowed chair model for medical leaders such as Dr. Silverstein to expand their impact far beyond their patients while advancing their fields. The contributions Hoag’s endowed chairs are able to make with these resources are invaluable to the organization and the community.”

The Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery is the seventh endowed chair at Hoag, following other positions in cardiac care, cardiovascular surgery, cancer, neuroscience and cognitive disorders. Endowed chairs allow the hospital to develop top-flight programs and treatment while providing quality healthcare.

Dr. Richard Afable, president and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, expressed the hospital’s gratitude to Sue and Bill Gross for making the hospital’s newest endowed chair position possible.

“Endowed chairs provide our physician leaders like Dr. Silverstein with additional financial resources and greater flexibility to inspire new ways of care and to quickly seize opportunities that may arise outside of the regular planning process,” Dr. Afable said. “[This gift] will ensure that the Breast Care Center at Hoag, already the leading center of its kind in Orange County, continues to open new frontiers in the treatment of breast cancer.”

Dr. Silverstein’s work at Hoag has been instrumental in developing the hospital’s Breast Care Center. He came to Hoag five years ago from the University of Southern California, where he held the Henrietta C. Lee Chair and a full tenured professorship in surgery. A total of 16 breast cancer surgeons from across the country have arrived in Southern California to study with Dr. Silverstein and his colleagues

During his career, Dr. Silverstein estimates that he has treated as many as 6,000 patients and trained a total of 32 fellows. He says that if each of these fellows attends to 5,000 patients in each of their respective careers, then he will have influenced the care of more than 160,000 people. “The Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery will allow me to train even more fellows, who will reach many additional patients throughout the world. Passing on knowledge is critical to our long-term efforts, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to do so,” Dr. Silverstein said.

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