Saint John's - The Magazine of Saint John's Health Center - Summer 2023

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All Heart

A generous gift from Sandra and Vin Scully supports cardiovascular care in the community.



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DEPARTMENTS 4. Welcome from the Foundation 6. Health for a Better World 8. Physician Partners 10. Q&A: Supporting cancer caregivers 38. Planned Giving 40. Events FEATURES 12. The beautiful life of Vin Scully includes impactful philanthropy 18. Surgical oncology fellows who pull double duty 24. Educating women on their unique heart health needs 28. Tribute: Scott Minerd 30. Tribute: Ruth Weil 34. This year’s Community Impact Fund grantees shine 10 28 40 CONTENTS SUMMER 2023
President and CEO, Saint John's Health Center Foundation Robert O. Klein Chief Executive, Providence Saint John's Health Center Michael Ricks Vice President, Development, Saint John's Health Center Foundation Andy Trilling
SAINT JOHN'S MAGAZINE | 3 On the Cover: The Vin Scully family’s generosity extends to health care at Saint John’s.

This issue of Saint John’s magazine is about heart—a man who was the heart of Los Angeles, the heart of our surgical oncology residents who are in the armed forces, and the heartfelt contributions of our friends and donors who have helped make Providence Saint John’s Health Center what it is today. We have built a community hospital that can boast of the level of significant research and clinical accomplishments of an academic health center, yet we closely guard the values of love and compassion established by our spiritual founders.

Vin Scully was the voice of Dodgers baseball for 67 seasons. Neither his voice nor his length of tenure will be duplicated. The Scully legacy, however, steps beyond the bounds of baseball. Sandra and Vin Scully were longtime friends of Saint John’s Health Center, and their support included providing for the foundation in their will. Inside this issue, you will read how their visionary generosity will support the cardiac program and the community in a significant way.

We salute our surgical oncology fellows at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute who return to their careers in the armed services after expanding their skill sets through a complex, two-year fellowship. Read about Lieutenant commander Laura Fluke, DO, one of a very small cadre of Naval surgeons who train specifically in surgical oncology. After completing the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program at Saint John’s, the fellows return to many different settings and places—often deploying to areas of conflict around the world—well-prepared to provide the highest level of care to military members and their families. We are honored to be of service to those who serve our country.

In this issue, we also recognize with gratitude those individuals who provide financial support for our clinical, research and community outreach. We honor your selflessness, vision and heartfelt support. Through legacy gifts such as that of the Scully family and planned estate gifts, such as the ones described in articles about Scott Minerd, Michael Sannes and Ruth Weil, the generosity of hundreds of people has made Saint John’s a special health care organization—a nonprofit institution of medical excellence motivated by mission, not money.



Chief Executive, Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Saint John’s Cancer Institute


Chair, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation Board of Trustees


Life Trustee, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation

A Change in Foundation Leadership

Following 33 years of service, Foundation

President and CEO Bob Klein is stepping down and has been elected as a life trustee. Following a nationwide search, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Sheryl Bourgeois, Ph.D. Please see pages 40 - 43 for more details.

A. BOURGEOIS, PhD President & CEO, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation
L to R: Roger Wacker, Robert Klein, Sheryl Bourgeois, Michael Ricks



Two new studies show surprising benefits from even small bursts of physical activity throughout the day. Don’t have time for an hour at the gym? No problem.


A five-minute walk for every 30 minutes of sitting results in a decrease in blood pressure.


Adding seven to 10 minutes a day of exercise appears to boost cognition.

Sources: American College of Sports Medicine; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development

Short exercise breaks can be helpful from both a brain and body perspective. Short movement ‘snacks’ may help with regulating brain activity, helping manage stress and reduce bodily discomfort while increasing blood flow.”

– Ryan Glatt, certified personal trainer, brain health coach, Pacific Neuroscience Institute




• Do a chore, such as dusting a room.

• Put on music and dance.

• Take a walk.

• Lift hand weights while watching TV.

• Shoot some baskets.

• Play with a pet.

• Do some wall lunges, push-ups and other exercises.

• Keep exercise equipment visible in your home or office for quick exercise breaks.



New research shows that participating in a community garden confers a range of awesome health benefits. Gardeners compared to nongardeners:

• Consumed more dietary fiber

• Exercised more

• Had greater well-being and resilience

Sources: The Lancet Planetary Health; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Community gardening brings one into nature, often in the company of others for a shared purpose: to create something beautiful and new. Being outside in nature and remembering our connection to the earth is invigorating!”







Your Healthy Dose with Kym Douglas is a podcast sponsored by Saint John’s Health Center Foundation to make available important conversations about the latest in health care treatments, research and trends. Get to know the physicians, researchers, caregivers, patients and supporters of Providence Saint John’s Health Center and all its institutes so you can make educated health decisions. Your host, Kym Douglas, is a celebrated TV personality who has long championed health and well-being.


Topics include:

• Breast cancer survivorship

• Thyroid disease

• Maintaining friendships and dealing with loss

• Digestive health

• Prostate cancer

• Alzheimer’s disease

– Rebecca Crane-Okada, PhD, professor of oncology, program manager, Cancer Patient Support and the Willow Sage wellness programs at the Margie Petersen Breast Center

Foundation Hosts First Physician Recognition


The inaugural Physician Recognition Reception was held November 9 to honor two outstanding physician partners in philanthropy. Hosted by the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation and held at the Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, the event was created to recognize the important role that all Saint John’s physicians play in philanthropy.

The two honorees were John M. Robertson, MD, who was honored with the Physician Champion Award, and Janie G. Grumley, MD, who received the Physician Rising Star Award. Dr. Robertson has been the director of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Providence Saint John’s Health Center since 1993 and previously served as president of the medical staff and chairman of the surgery department. He is on the board of trustees and is a former board chair. Beloved by his patients, he has been extensively involved in numerous research studies in the field of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and presently serves on eight medical staff committees at Providence Saint John’s.

Dr. Grumley is the director of the Comprehensive Breast Program at the Margie Petersen Breast Center at Saint John’s. She is a surgical breast oncologist who has expertise in treating patients with breast cancer and benign breast diseases. She specializes in novel treatments such as oncoplastic breast conserving surgery and intraoperative radiation therapy. She joined Saint John’s in 2018 and quickly earned the respect of her patients. She has focused on convenient, team-based appointments and established a benign breast health clinic.

The Physician Recognition Reception was co-chaired by Trevan Fischer, MD, and Mehran Movassaghi, MD.

In the Spotlight

Pacific Neuroscience Institute researchers have published a first-ever scientific paper on the use of psychedelic medications in neurosurgery and neurooncology. The review, published in December in the journal Neurosurgery, is aimed at raising awareness of the potential applications for psychedelics and encouraging collaboration across the neurosciences.

Psychedelic-assisted therapy is akin to a surgical procedure, the success and safety of which depends on experienced guides, patient screening and preparation, an optimized “set and setting,” safety protocols, and rigorous post-journey psychological counseling (integration). Depicted are the phases in current clinical trials of patient screening, preparation, journey and integration.

Although aimed primarily at neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists and related health care providers, the review offers a broad overview for anyone interested in the history and current state of psychedelic science and psychedelic-assisted therapy clinical trials with psilocybin, LSD and MDMA (all currently DEA Schedule 1 drugs). It also stresses the importance of the Set & Setting model of psychedelic-assisted therapy, the critical role of psychedelic guides, safety and ethical issues, mechanisms of action, and discusses the off-label use of ketamine-assisted therapy for mental distress.

“Our intent with this paper was to help educate neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists and others in the neurosciences and mental health fields about psychedelics and to encourage thinking broadly, creatively and collaboratively about the healing potential of these still mysterious medicines for both the mind and the brain,” says first author and Pacific Neuroscience Institute director and co-founder Daniel Kelly, MD.

Many other Providence Saint John’s Health Center experts have been quoted in the media in recent months, including these highlights:

• Jennifer Linehan, MD, was quoted by Medical News Today regarding a vaccine tablet for urinary tract infections.

• KTLA-TV Channel 5 interviewed Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD, about Celine Dion’s diagnosis with stiff person syndrome.

• David Merrill, MD, was interviewed by the Washington Post on how a hobby can help ward off dementia.

Dr. Mehran Movassaghi, Dr. Janie Grumley, Dr. John M. Robertson, Dr. Trevan Fischer

Dr. Baiya Krishnadasan Joins the Lung/ Thoracic Program

Baiya Krishnadasan, MD, has joined the Cardiothoracic Outpatient Clinic at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Dr. Krishnadasan is board-certified in both general and thoracic surgery and joins Saint John’s after a long career in the state of Washington.

Dr. Krishnadasan attended Haverford College and then completed medical school at the University of California, Davis in 1996. He completed an internship and a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington. He served as chief resident in both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Among his many research publications, Dr. Krishnadasan authored reports on surgical treatments for lung cancer. At Saint John’s, Dr. Krishnadasan is focusing on robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.


John’s Celebrates 200 TAVR Procedures

Providence Saint John’s Health Center recently celebrated its 200th TAVR procedure, an incredible milestone for the health center and a testament to the innovative work of Peter Pelikan, MD, director of the cardiac catheterization lab. Dr. Pelikan played a national role in promoting TAVR—transcatheter aortic valve replacement—in the United States. The minimally invasive procedure replaces a thickened aortic valve that can’t fully open (a condition called aortic valve stenosis) and restores adequate blood flow to the body.

Several years ago, Dr. Pelikan was among a team of cardiology experts who participated in hearings in Washington, D.C., about the importance of loosening restrictions around TAVR. At the time, only large medical institutions were able to perform this minimally invasive procedure. His testimony led to sweeping policy changes that brought this procedure to Providence Saint John’s in November 2019 and eventually to many other capable hospitals throughout the U.S.

“This is yet another example of the expansive impact our physicians have on patient care that stretches far beyond our service area, and evidence of our active commitment to furthering our vision of Health for a Better World,” says Michael Ricks, chief executive of Providence Saint John’s Health Center. “I am so proud of this exceptional group—as well as those who have supported the program over the years, including donors Elizabeth and the late Richard Riordan—and I encourage everyone to join me in congratulating all of our caregivers and medical staff who work to bring this vital service to our community.”


Akanksha Sharma, MD, is boardcertified in neurology, neurooncology and palliative medicine and an expert in treating both primary and metastatic brain tumors at Pacific Neuroscience Institute, an affiliate of Providence Saint John’s Health Center. She led a team of physicians and physician associates at PNI who developed a virtual brain tumor support group to educate participants and provide them with an opportunity to connect with one another. We asked Dr. Sharma about the program, which officially launched in December 2022.

Why are support groups important for brain tumor patients and their care partners?

These are rare conditions that can be very disabling in many ways—cognitively, physically and emotionally—so both the patient and their care partner can feel isolated. Support groups provide opportunities for the participants to connect with others who are experiencing the same challenges and help them feel less alone. Often when a participant mentions what’s particularly difficult for them, everyone else will nod in agreement. And that can be very validating, knowing that what they’re experiencing is not unusual.

A Place to Connect

What makes the support groups at Pacific Brain Institute special?

Although similar groups exist, our patients and their care partners wanted to join a group where they had the same doctors and care team so they would share the same journey and feel more connected. The groups are also open for any other patients or care partners and anyone who would like to join. We also kept the groups virtual so they would be accessible to anyone anywhere, as our patients often travel from long distances to be part of our trials and get opinions here.

Why are the support groups separated into patients who are over 50 and under 50?

We initially ran a pilot program for younger patients because we recognized the challenges our younger patients face are different and not often addressed specifically. They may still be working, have young children and childcare concerns or they have different financial issues or may have never had a reason to contemplate disability or their own mortality. But we also were approached by many of our older patients who wanted to connect with others but had different perspectives and struggles.

What happens during these virtual support groups?

The first 20 minutes are educational sessions. Topics are different in each session and are based on issues that participants identify as important to them or topics they want to know more about. For the second half, our incredible nurse navigator Mariah Mahotz facilitates the patient group, and our wonderful physician assistant Emmaline Mauritson leads the care partners group.

How did PNI participate in the national campaign Go Gray in May for Brain Tumor Awareness?

Our theme this year was Practicing Resilience Through Self-Care and Gratitude. Both factors have been shown to scientifically improve quality of life. We planned events to help our patients and care partners learn about and practice these skills. There was a virtual session on mindfulness through breathing and another on reflective writing for gratitude. We also hosted in-person sessions on touch tapping and guided meditation and a live social event just for care partners. I will be attending an advocacy event in Washington, D.C. called Head to the Hill, talking to members of Congress about issues important to patients and their care partners. Several of our patients and care partners will join me this year! We released webinars and special podcasts focused specifically on this topic throughout the month, including a patient-led podcast on “What Not to Say to Cancer Patients” and a care partner podcast on “What Being a Care Partner is Like.” We ended the month on May 31 with an event at Saint John’s with information booths, food and an opportunity to socialize and learn. That event was followed by a Walk for Awareness.

How are support groups like these funded?

To continue building our support programs, we need funds. I’m hoping that we can rely on our community and those who care about this cause to donate so we can implement additional programs, plan more events and build on ways to support our incredible community of patients and their families.

A virtual support group for brain tumor patients and their care partners fosters sharing and learning.

To support the brain tumor support groups, contact Pam Solomon at or 310-699-7794.

For more information on the Brain Tumor Support Group, go to brain-tumor/our-center/braintumor-support-group.

For more information about Go Gray in May for Brain Tumor Awareness, go to



For generations of Angelenos, the late Dodgers radio and TV announcer Vin Scully was more than just the melodious voice that deftly and vividly described the action on the field and charmed everyone with his gift for storytelling. Scully, who came west with the team when it moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and called games for nearly seven decades until his retirement at the end of the 2016 season, had a calm, kind manner that made listeners feel that he cared about them personally.

But kindness and caring weren’t just Scully’s on-air persona, explains Shephal K. Doshi, MD, the physician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center who treated Scully in his later years for a heart rhythm problem and who became a friend as well. “When he would come to see me at the office, we’d spend about 10 or 15 minutes discussing his own heart rhythm issues,” Dr. Doshi says. “Then we would talk for another half an hour, discussing how this problem affects other people.”

After Dr. Doshi explained to him how the heart’s electrical system works and the potentially serious effects when it malfunctions, Scully expressed concern for people whose heart problems were going untreated because of a lack of access to care or awareness of what it could do for them. He wanted them to benefit from the sort of treatment that he got.

“‘How do we get to the community and educate people?’ he would ask,” Dr. Doshi recalls. “That was something he wanted to work on, but unfortunately he got sick quickly

at the end and didn’t have a chance.”

But Scully, who passed away in 2022 at age 94, nevertheless found a way to help others. A major posthumous gift from the Scully estate will establish the Sandra and Vin Scully Heart Rhythm Center at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. The center’s name honors the famous broadcaster and his beloved wife, Sandra. “Dad’s heart carried hers in it every day, and we continue to do that as well,” says the couple’s daughter, Erin Scully.

The center will build upon Saint John’s’ longstanding role as a leading institution in the field of cardiac electrophysiology, the diagnosis and treatment of electrical problems that affect the heart’s function.

In addition to providing heart-rhythm patients with state-of-the-art care, Dr. Doshi envisions leading efforts to raise awareness on treatments for heart rhythm problems. He also hopes to spread the center’s expertise through telemedicine and by webcasting conferences with prominent heart-rhythm experts.

“In homage to Vin, we’re going to utilize his strength as a communicator to educate the community in Los Angeles and the world about heart rhythm problems,” Dr. Doshi says.


Scully’s compassion and respect for other people seem to have been intertwined with both his humble upbringing in the Bronx as a child of Irish immigrants and his devout Roman Catholic faith. Part of Scully’s fondness for Saint John’s may have had to do with his great

“In homage to Vin, we’re going to utilize his strength as a communicator to educate the community in Los Angeles and the world about heart rhythm problems.”

admiration for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and the Sisters who taught him at his Catholic grammar school, according to Susan Wilson, development director for the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation. “Vin and his family’s faith aligned perfectly with our vision to help those in need, especially those who are poor and vulnerable,” she says.

Saint John’s trustee Edward White, a longtime friend of Scully’s and Executor of the Scully estate and Trustee of the Scully Trusts, remembers him as a man who treated the average person with the same respect as famous athletes, senior corporate executives and other internationally prominent people. White says, “He will always be remembered as a compassionate, loving and kind human being.”

He describes Scully as “a great role model for people who have achieved immeasurable success and yet remained humble and kind to everyone. I felt fortunate and blessed to have him as a special friend who continues to be an integral part of my life.”

White remembers the honor and privilege of accompanying Scully to the White House in 2016, when then-President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the nation’s highest civilian award. He recalls taking a snapshot of the broadcaster when he was standing with fellow recipients Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “It was a beautiful moment,” he says.

But as White notes, Scully did not let notoriety keep him

from focusing on his own close-knit family of five children—three daughters and two sons—as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (A third son tragically died in a 1994 helicopter accident.) One of White’s favorite photographs is Scully posing with his extended family at Dodger Stadium. “Vin truly loved and appreciated his family, and nothing was more important to him,” White explains.

Scully’s connection to Saint John’s dates back decades and extended beyond his medical care. He was a frequent participant at the foundation’s golf tournaments that raised funds for the health center’s programs and community services. In 2000, Scully was honored with the Caritas Award for his spirit of charity, compassion and commitment to humanity at the foundation’s Gala that benefited the neonatal intensive care unit at Saint John’s.

At the event, actor Kevin Costner, who grew up in Southern California, spoke about how he listened to Scully’s broadcasts in his backyard as a boy fantasizing about playing someday for the Dodgers. When he got to meet Scully years later, he recalled his nervousness at meeting an idol—until Scully put him at ease with his friendliness.

“I had been told that it’s best not to meet your heroes, because they can’t live up to it,” Costner recalled at the event. “But they can. And that day, my hero became my friend.”

Left: Vin Scully receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Above: From Left: Jim Gray, Bob Costas, Edward White, Samantha Walter, Mark Walter, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vin Scully, Sandra Scully, President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, Lon Rosen, Peter Guber, Stan Kasten


In later life, Scully’s heart problems brought him to Saint John’s to receive treatment from Dr. Doshi, who in addition to his clinical work is also a researcher with an extensive body of published work. Among other achievements, Dr. Doshi helped pioneer the use of the Watchman implant, which helps prevent blood clots and strokes in patients with irregular heart rhythms. Now he’ll try to build on his famous patient’s legacy in the new heart rhythm center bearing Scully’s name.

Dr. Doshi’s field, cardiac electrophysiology, involves studying and correcting problems in the heart’s electrical system. “A lot of people don’t know that when the heart beats, it’s because of electricity,” he says. “Without electricity, the heart doesn’t know when or how fast to beat.”

Above the heart, he says, a group of cells that he calls “the board of directors” function as a natural pacemaker, shooting electricity to the heart to make it work. Dr. Doshi describes the heart’s electrical system as in some ways resembling the one inside a house.

“If there’s a problem with the electricity, you know— the lights start flickering. The same sort of thing happens with the heart,” he says. Like aging wiring in a home, the heart’s electrical system can deteriorate through normal aging, but it also can be damaged by conditions such as high blood pressure, which puts stress upon the heart, and sleep apnea, which deprives

Left: Vin Scully is honored with the Saint John’s Caritas Award in 2000 by the then Health Center President, Sister Marie Madeleine Shonka, SCL. Above: Vin Scully speaks at the 2000 Caritas Award ceremony. Dr. Shephal Doshi treated Scully at Saint John’s.

the heart of needed oxygen, leading to the equivalent of short-circuits in the heart’s wiring. The malfunctions can disrupt the heart’s normal rhythm, causing it to beat too slowly or too fast or irregularly.

Those deviations from the heart’s normal rhythm, in turn, can have serious consequences for a person’s health. The common type of irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, which affects millions of Americans, increases the risk of stroke by a factor of five but often goes undetected until a patient suffers a stroke. Though A-fib can be treated with medicines, surgery and lifestyle changes, Dr. Doshi says that by some estimates, more than one million Americans are walking around unprotected.

“A common patient we see is a 70-year-old who feels short of breath and tired and has palpitations,” Doshi says. “Many of those patients have A-fib.”


“If we could educate the public and provide therapies that reduce stroke risk, think of the gigantic impact this could have on patients, their families and also on the economy and productivity,” Dr. Doshi says.

That’s one of the reasons that Dr. Doshi is eager to fulfill Scully’s dream of informing people about the risks of heart rhythm disorders and providing them with the care they need. He envisions the Sandra and Vin Scully Heart Rhythm Center as “not just a local influence around California and in the region, but a national center for promoting management of heart rhythm therapy.”

Saint John’s is already on the cutting-edge of treatment for irregular heartbeats, Dr. Doshi says. “We’re one of the few centers in the world that can perform the Watchman procedure without requiring general anesthesia. We can do the procedure with the patient wide awake and minimally sedated. We’ve pioneered ways that we can image the heart without putting a tube down their throats. We’re always looking to the future, pushing the envelope, and trying to make things less invasive with improved safety and better outcomes. Being leaders in that space, allows us to do it.”

Hopefully, Sandra and Vin Scully’s generosity will inspire others to help Saint John’s provide state-ofthe-art care to even more patients. “Every gift makes a difference, and giving something in Vin Scully’s name will help promote better health care for the community,” Dr. Doshi says.

To learn more about the Sandra and Vin Scully Heart Rhythm Center, contact Marquina Munoz-Freedman, RN, director, donor engagement, at 310 829-8348 or


Electrophysiology is a term that represents a subspeciality in cardiology that focuses on electrical disorders in the heart, such as heart rhythm disorders. Electrophysiologists diagnose and address cardiac arrhythmias with a variety of treatments, such as implantable pacemakers or ablation procedures. Electrophysiologists use tests to examine the heart’s electrical function. They can target the area of the heart that is causing the problem.

Cardiac rhythm disorders, such as atrial fibrillation or bradycardia, occur due to malfunctioning in the electrical signals that control the heartbeat. This malfunction can be caused by disease, genetics or injury. Cardiac arrhythmias that go undiagnosed can lead to worsening health, such as an increased risk for heart failure or stroke.

Scully was beloved by baseball fans at Dodger Stadium and around the country.


Lieutenant commander Laura Fluke, DO, is a decorated military officer who served as the ship’s surgeon abroad the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier during the 2021 troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. She’s an accomplished researcher whose recent work on disparities in colon cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic was selected for presentation this spring at the prestigious international conference of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

She’s a wife and mother of two young daughters who has also nearly completed the first of her two years in the highly competitive Donald L. Morton Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program at Providence Saint John’s Cancer Institute—the latest in a long line of surgical oncology fellows who have sought training at Saint John’s. The fellowship, founded by the revered surgical oncologist Donald L. Morton, MD, was among the first programs for complex surgical oncologists on the West Coast recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. It remains one of the largest in the country.

The program’s relationship with the U.S. armed services is yet another point of pride for Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Dr. Fluke—who is 37 and a lieutenant commander, a rank equal to a major in the other military services—is one of three military surgeons training in the highly selective program. The other two, Jessica Weiss, MD, and Julia Greene, MD—both from the U.S. Army—are a year ahead of her. The Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program selects four fellows a year, training eight at one time.

Over the years, the program has trained 170 fellows. While neither the program nor the candidate has ultimate choice in the fellowship matching process, 10 of those 170 fellows have been military surgeons. That may not sound like a lot, but there aren’t many surgical oncologists in the military. Those 10 comprise a higher percentage than those trained by any other fellowship program.

“Surgical oncology fellowships are highly competitive,” says Trevan Fischer, MD, assistant director of the Saint John’s program. “They gravitate to our program because we’ve trained armed services surgeons in the past. If their boss trained with us, they’re likely to recommend applying to our program.”


“The neat part of this,” says Dr. Fischer, who trained in the institute’s fellowship program, “is that as a civilian I get to play a small part in helping to keep our active forces healthy by sending back well-trained fellows to the military.”

Military leaders highly value fellowship-trained surgeons, says Col. Tyson Becker, MD, a trauma critical care surgeon. The Armed Services General Medical Education surgical programs are typically at the top of national rankings for academic performance. Surgical oncology residents see a broad range of complex cases, he notes.

“The fellowship-trained surgical oncologists are better prepared for some of the most challenging trauma seen on the deployed battlefield,” Col. Becker says, adding: “Surgical oncology is one of the few general surgery fellowships that doesn’t narrow a surgeons’ skill set but rather expands it, creating a general surgeon who is competent and confident to handle some of the most lethal injuries in some of the most anatomically difficult and complex regions of the body.”

Saint John’s fellowship program has earned praise from former fellows, he adds. “The program is well-suited to prepare military fellows with comprehensive training in a wide range of complex surgical oncology disciplines, including opportunities for both bench research and clinical research. This broad scope of practice prepares military surgeons to be clinical and academic leaders in the Defense Health Agency.”

In keeping with the Saint John’s Cancer Institute’s focus on clinical translational research, the multicampus fellowship program covers technical operative skills in cancer surgery, multidisciplinary aspects of clinical surgical oncology, skills to become an academic clinical scientist, clinical translational research that links patient care and laboratory studies, and laboratory basic science research that can be applied to the clinic.

“The fellows are all accomplished

general surgeons,” says Dr. Fischer. “We’re not teaching them how to operate. We’re giving them in-depth training in all aspects of cancer care. We’re teaching them when to and when not to operate.”

Both Dr. Fluke’s parents work in health care. Her father was a Navy Corpsman, an emergency medical technician and a medical technologist. Her mother is a nurse. That explains Dr. Fluke’s interest in medicine. But it was the kindness of an anesthesiologist who cared for her during surgery to repair a broken nose after a car accident that propelled her toward a career as a physician.

Growing up in Oklahoma, where

“college football is religion,” Dr. Fluke’s family watched the Sooners and Cowboys and, of course, Navy games. Medicine and the Navy came together after she earned her medical degree in 2012 at Oklahoma State University and then completed an internship and surgical residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia.

Initially, she intended to become an anesthesiologist. Then she fell in love with primary care as her training progressed. But during a clinical rotation with James Sumner, MD, in rural Oklahoma, Dr. Fluke was so awed by the legendary surgeon’s smarts, skill and care for his patients that she took a long, hard look at surgery.

Dr. Fluke with her husband, Pablo Lavin, and daughters, Audrey and Zoe
“The fellowship-trained surgical oncologists are better prepared for some of the most challenging trauma seen on the deployed battlefield.”


Growing up as an “Army brat,” Army Major Julia M. Greene, MD, knows what it’s like to move often and adjust to new situations. Her latest move has brought her to Providence Saint John’s Cancer Institute to advance her skills in the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. After that, she will resume military life.

Dr. Greene, who has been in the Army for almost 11 years, was born in Fort Hood, Texas. The majority of her early life was spent in Florida, where many in her family still live today. She was previously stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and deployed to Afghanistan in 2018–2019.

The surgical oncology fellowship is an opportunity for Dr. Greene to expand her skills, she says. As part of her fellowship, she is engaged in research involving the care of elderly patients with gastric cancer as well as patients with Merkel cell carcinoma and thyroid cancer. She also spends time working with underserved patients in Orange County—one of the most satisfying parts of her fellowship, she says.

“The fellowship has allowed me to build my confidence in my abilities to care for patients with a variety of cancer types using new and innovative approaches,” Dr. Greene says. “It has broadened my exposure to rare diseases and complex presentations of more common disease processes.”


Since 1991, the John Wayne Cancer Institute—now the Saint John’s Cancer Institute— has been making discoveries that have fundamentally changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. The institute was led by the late Donald L. Morton, MD, who became an international leader in surgical oncology. Under his leadership, the institute developed a sentinel lymph node biopsy technique for melanoma and breast cancer, established one of the first successful cancer immunotherapy programs and launched a prestigious program to train surgical oncologists, many of whom have gone on to become deans, chairs or professors of surgical oncology.

“To become a surgeon is a long, stressful, intense training process,” Dr. Fluke says. “But I like that when people come to us as surgeons, we can fix their problems. I have a cure for appendicitis. These days, we can sometimes cure cancer with surgery.”

Relationships with her mentors also propelled her into surgical training. “Nothing scares those guys. The more hectic things get, the calmer they are. Some of that comes with training,” she notes.

The Saint John’s Cancer Institute’s fellowship has taken Dr. Fluke to the next level, she says. The cases are complex and challenging. “The complexity

makes these patients’ diseases difficult to manage. We work closely with a multidisciplinary team of specialists—from surgeons to medical oncologists and geneticists and radiation oncologists. That was something that really attracted me to the program.”

Both Dr. Fluke and Col. Becker praise Saint John’s’ strong academic and clinical reputation.

“Saint John’s is famous for the work Dr. Donald Morton did toward melanoma research,” says Dr. Fluke, referring to the institute cofounder.

“We continue to have cutting-edge research for melanoma with Dr. Richard Essner who has a grant and

Today, the Donald L. Morton, MD Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center is one of the largest and longest running such programs in the country. Approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, fellows participate in a two-year program comprised of 18 months of training in inpatient and outpatient surgical oncology as well as four months of research and one month of rotations in medical oncology and radiation oncology.

The Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program is funded primarily by charitable support and is one of the most impactful ways you can help win the battle against cancer. The benefits of supporting the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program include:

• Make a significant difference in the battle against cancer.

• Contributions are tax deductible.

• Fellows can be named in perpetuity with a major or legacy planned gift.

Learn how you can impact the future of surgical oncology please call the Foundation at 310-829-8424.


funding. Saint John’s is known, over decades, for turning out solid fellows, and Santa Monica is definitely a desirable location for training.”

The health center’s expertise in breast surgery and melanoma, in addition to its research program, were also big pluses in Dr. Fluke’s decision to pursue a fellowship at Saint John’s. “When I ask for help, it’s given—whether clinically or on the research front.”

For a naval officer whose career has kept her on the move around the world—from Virginia to Yokosuka, Japan, to the middle of the Arabian Sea and back—Dr. Fluke is delighted by the friendly welcome and stabilizing support she and her family receive from the Saint John’s community.

“After completing the fellowship, a high percentage of our trainees go into academics,” says Dr. Fischer. “But cancer care is different in 2023 than in the 1990s. Now much of it is done in the community. This allows patients who could not previously access high-level complex care without traveling long distances to academic hospitals to receive it in their communities.”

Before entering the fellowship, Dr. Fluke served as assistant program director for the general surgery residency at Portsmouth and was attached to the USNS Comfort, a 1,000bed hospital ship. She is an assistant professor of surgery at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. She most recently served the hospital as the interim director of the breast oncology service line and as the Committee on Cancer NMCP cancer liaison physician for the hospital.

When she completes the surgical oncology fellowship next year, Dr. Fluke says the


The Saint John’s Cancer Institute is honored to have trained the following surgical oncologists who have served our country. Their selfless dedication and leadership in the fight against cancer has helped to save lives around the world.

David M. Euhus, MD (Class of 1988)

Current position: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Ralph C. Jones, MD (Class of 1996)

Current position: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Arden Chan, MD (Class of 1999)

Current position: Naval Medical Center San Diego

Michael Rose, MD (Class of 2000)

Current position: Johnston-Willis Hospital

Mathew Chung, MD (Class of 2001)

Current position: Michigan State University

Robert A. Wascher, MD (Class of 2003)

Current position: University of Arizona College of Medicine

Col. Simon H. Telian, MD (Class of 2009)

Current position: Womack Army Medical Center

Col. Jason Hiles, MD (Class of 2012) U.S. Army, Retired

Current position: Consultant

Lieutenant Col. Bradley Bandera, DO (Class 2017)

Current position: University of Nevada – Reno

Lieutenant Col. Daniel Nelson, DO (Class of 2018)

Current position: William Beaumont Army Medical Center


Major Julia Greene, MD (Class of 2023)

Medical Corps, US Army

Major Jessica Weiss, MD (Class of 2023)

Medical Corps, US Army

Lieutenant Commander Laura Fluke, DO (Class of 2024)

Medical Corps, US Navy

Retired Army Col. Jason Hiles, MD, graduated from the fellowship program in 2012. He was deployed several times during his career and worked for the U.S. Surgeon General for several years. He now resides in southeast Asia where he is trying to start a badly needed surgical hospital.

Training at the John Wayne Cancer Institute [now the Saint John’s Cancer Institute] helped me serve the country in a lot of ways. It helped me integrate with a broader range of people and to understand that almost all problems could use a multidisciplinary approach to get to the best solution. It prepared me to be a topnotch surgeon.”



Since his 2009 graduation from the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, Col. Simon H. Telian, MD, has been deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa—21 deployments.

However, his two years at Saint John’s remain a special time in his life.

“I cherish the time spent at Saint John’s during my fellowship and appreciate the enduring support the organization has for the military,” says Dr. Telian, a colonel with 25 years of active duty who currently serves as chief of surgical oncology at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and team surgeon for Joint Special Operations Command.

The fellowship, he says, prepared him for a career of research, training and special duties. “The surgical oncology fellowship has given me the skills, techniques and confidence to take care of some of the most complex surgical cases in medicine today,” he says. “Being able to understand and handle some of the most complex patients in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary system is a common theme for both military surgeons and surgical oncologists.”

Dr. Telian has special memories of his time training with Donald L. Morton, MD, the founder of the fellowship program. “I will always treasure the memories I have with Dr. Morton,” he says. “He is a giant in the field of surgery and will always be the quintessential mentor to hundreds, if not thousands, of surgeons worldwide.”

Navy wants her to train surgeons in what she’s learned. But she and her family will have to wait until this winter to learn where they’ll be living next. She could be stationed at one of three Navy hospitals: Portsmouth, San Diego or Bethesda.

Outside her fellowship training, Dr. Fluke, her husband, Pablo Lavin, and their two daughters, Zoe, 5, and Audrey, 3, have been exploring California as first-timers in the state and enjoying life in Westlake Village. The girls play soccer like their mom, who played for the Wolfpack in college. The family also enjoys setting up an art studio in the backyard so the kids can paint, and hosting kitchen dance parties where they all rock out to Lavin’s guitar playing and singing.

The Navy pays Dr. Fluke’s salary during her fellowship, but the salaries of other fellows, research support and other costs—such as travel to present research results—are fully dependent on philanthropy. Most other fellowships are supported through government funds.

“We depend on the generosity of our supporters and friends to continue this robust and prestigious program,” says Dr. Fischer. “Unlike other surgical oncology fellowship programs that have only one fellow per year, we enroll four each year.”

The fellowship is the kind of program that provides far-reaching benefits, as the fellows take their skills into the world and train others, he adds. “When people think of giving back, they might donate funds for a CT scanner or other medical equipment, which helps people and is great. When you support a fellowship, you’re contributing not just to the surgeons’ training but to the expertise that will be distributed throughout the country.”




Pregnant with her second child, Tricia Drum-Lal felt weak and tired. She chalked up the feeling to her busy life. After all, she was caring for a toddler, tending to her ill, elderly parents and working long 12-hour shifts as a physician assistant in the Providence Saint John’s Health Center emergency room.

Drum-Lal’s symptoms worsened right after giving birth, when she became short of breath. She was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a decrease in the heart’s ability to pump. The condition can cause a backup of fluid and can lead to congestive heart failure.

Developing cardiomyopathy related to childbirth is one of many ways that women experience heart disease differently than men. In fact, heart disease is just as much an issue for women as for men. More than 60 million women—44%— in the United States live with some form of heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Many people don’t realize heart disease is the leading cause of death in women,” says Nicole Weinberg, MD,

a cardiologist at the Pacific Heart Institute. “Cardiovascular disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.” Heart disease doesn’t just affect older women. According to the American Heart Association, 45% of women ages 20 and older have some form of cardiovascular disease.

“There are significant differences in women’s heart health and men’s heart health,” says Dr. Weinberg. “You have to treat each patient as an individual and tease out their history and risk factors in order to best treat them.”

Pacific Heart Institute is affiliated with


Providence Saint John’s Health Center, providing state-of-the-art care and leadership on women’s cardiovascular health and setting the gold standard for women’s heart health in Los Angeles.


Dr. Weinberg calls pregnancy “a woman’s first stress test” because pregnant women may experience conditions that significantly increase their risk for cardiovascular disease during pregnancy or in the future. They include fertility issues, clotting issues, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension. In addition, polycystic ovary syndrome increases heart

disease risk. So do autoimmune inflammatory diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, which strike more women than men.

Women’s coronary artery disease risk also increases within the 10 years following menopause. As estrogen levels drop, women face a higher risk of blood clots, plaque in the arteries and increased cholesterol levels. “When a postmenopausal woman shows a sudden increase in blood pressure, it can’t just be considered a fluke or white coat hypertension, which is elevated blood pressure in medical settings caused by anxiety,” notes Dr. Weinberg. “It may signal a cardiovascular issue.”

Women may experience cardiovascular disease

Tricia Drum-Lal experienced a pregnancy-related heart condition. Today, she is benefiting from early recognition and treatment.

differently than men, she adds. Symptoms more common among women include shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain, according to the federal Office on Women’s Health.

Dr. Weinberg and her colleagues at Pacific Heart Institute and Saint John’s aim to educate women about the prevalence of heart disease, encouraging them to advocate for themselves and others. This could mean raising the topic at a medical exam, asking about advanced tests for heart disease or sharing knowledge with loved ones. It includes learning about ways to lower cardiovascular risk through lifestyle behaviors such as diet and exercise.

For the last decade, Dr. Weinberg has spearheaded an annual Women’s Heart Symposium, supported by the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation. The gathering brings together medical professionals and community members to hear about current cardiovascular developments.

Held in February at Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, this year’s symposium featured keynote speaker Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, past president of the American College of Cardiology. About 200 people attended in person with another 300 tuning in via live stream.

Saint John’s trustee Merle Mullin supports the symposium and hosted a lunch where the organizers brainstormed plans for each conference. “Education is the pathway to understanding the facts about cardiac disease in women and destroying the myths,” she says. “Philanthropic efforts allow us to continue this work and outreach.”


Sources: CDC, Go Red for Women


The physicians at Pacific Heart Institute understand the unique issues that affect women’s heart health. Four of the group’s 17 cardiologists are women—a higher percentage than at many cardiology group practices.

Drum-Lal, who had suffered cardiomyopathy around the birth of her second child, came to Dr. Weinberg for care after developing a second bout of the condition. “I was taking a lot of medications to protect my heart, but my blood pressure was very low and I’d have episodes where I felt like I was going to pass out,” she says.

Dr. Weinberg determined that Drum-Lal had arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, and a low ejection fraction (which measures the ability of the heart to pump blood). She referred Drum-Lal to her colleague Sarina van der Zee, MD, who implanted a defibrillator. This device can restore normal heartbeat or shock and revive the heart if it stops beating.

Dr. Weinberg also reduced the number of medications Drum-Lal took. “There are new combination drugs that can reduce fluid in the heart and increase the heart’s squeezing capability,” she says. “They are typically better for young women, who tend to have lower blood pressure and don’t tolerate traditional medications that reduce their blood pressure.”

“The care I received from Dr. Weinberg was complete and comprehensive,” says Drum-Lal, who knew Dr. Weinberg through professional interactions in the ER. “She understood me and my situation.


U.S. women (44%) are living with some form of heart disease.

Heart disease is the LEADING CAUSE

o f death for U.S. women and can affect women at any age.

than 60 MILLION
Santa Monica Mayor Lana Negete proclaimed February Women’s Heart Disease Month at the symposium organized by the Pacific Heart Institute. From left: Alexandra Lajoie, MD, Sarina Van Der Zee, MD, Mayor Lana Negrete, Nicole Weinberg, MD, Christiane Schaeffler, MD

She saw the pressure I was putting on myself and how I was putting all my roles—mom, daughter, wife, provider, caregiver—ahead of caring for myself.”

Drum-Lal left her high-stress position in the ER and now works as a physician assistant for a Saint John’saffiliated internal medicine physician. She no longer suffers from congestive heart failure and feels secure that she will continue to be present for her husband and children.

“I feel blessed to be part of Saint John’s,” she says. “I appreciate the hospital’s faith-based mission. The medical staff and support staff are amazing. And with Dr. Weinberg, I know my best interests are kept in mind.”


“If we could lower the staggering number of people— men and women—affected by cardiovascular disease, that would be amazing,” says Dr. Weinberg. “And the only way to do that is through philanthropy. That’s what makes education possible, and that’s what fuels new technologies and treatments.”

She notes that research supported by the Saint John’s

Health Center Foundation helped develop the Watchman. This implantable device, about the size of a quarter, can reduce the risk of strokes in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners—the standard stroke prevention therapy. Shephal K. Doshi, MD, director of cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at Saint John’s, served as a principal investigator for the device and continues to pioneer methods of performing the procedure.

Dr. Weinberg created a nonprofit called Have A Heart, Save A Heart to launch the Women’s Heart Symposium, raise awareness of women’s heart issues and support research. “Saint John’s is a top-tier partner for Have A Heart, Save A Heart,” she says. “Our community education efforts would not be possible without Foundation support.”

To learn more about how you can support women’s cardiovascular education and services, contact Marquina Munoz-Freedman, RN, director, donor engagement, at 310 829-8348 or

Research has shown that only about half— 56% —of U.S. women recognize that heart disease is their #1 killer.

In 2020, heart disease was responsible for about 1 IN EVERY 5 female deaths.
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of new moms and accounts for more than ONE-THIRD of maternal deaths. Black women have some of the highest maternal mortality rates.
“[Dr. Weinberg] understood me and my situation. She saw the pressure I was putting on myself and how I was putting all my roles—mom, daughter, wife, provider, caregiver—ahead of caring for myself.”
Drum-Lal pursues her work as a physician assistant with new energy.

Remembering Scott Minerd

An investment giant lives on through his philanthropy.

On December 21, 2022, Providence Saint John’s Health Center lost a dear friend when Scott Minerd, Guggenheim Partners global chief investment officer, suffered a sudden, fatal heart attack. He was 63.

Minerd was a giant in the investment community. He transformed the fledgling Guggenheim Partners into a global powerhouse and was one of Wall Street’s leading voices and a regular commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg Television. Yet friends and colleagues remember him more for his humility and philanthropy.

Minerd was a generous supporter of the health center. In 2017, he donated $3 million to its heart institute. Today, thanks to his kindness, the Kenny and Carol Minerd Heart and Vascular Institute—named in honor of his parents—continues to offer patients the highest level of personalized care and cutting-edge expertise for the most complex heart conditions.

“Scott had a family history of cardiac disease, so he was drawn to supporting our institute,” says Ernie Prudente, MD, Scott’s former physician.

“We appreciate that Scott had such faith in Saint John’s to name our heart institute after his parents,” says Mike Avila, vice president of development. “And we believe that it’ll be the gift that keeps giving.”

Gwynn Andrus, Minerd’s longtime friend and employee for more than two decades, remembers him as a brilliant and compassionate man. She first met Minerd in the late 1990s at a church in Malibu during a brief hiatus he had taken from the financial world.

Minerd quickly became friends with Andrus and her husband, and when he decided to re-enter the financial arena, he hired Andrus as his assistant.

“He really had an amazing mind,” says Andrus. “He’d put things into boxes, little containers, and move them around in ways that nobody else did. He could look at a sheet of paper and have everything added up in seconds.”

According to Andrus, Scott cared deeply about the impact of his financial decisions on the general public. “His area of expertise was bonds, which meant dealing mostly with insurance and pensions—long-term investments—not the stock market,” says Andrus. “He always felt this huge burden of responsibility in how he invested the money that he managed. He didn’t want some elderly person to go without his medication because of a decision he made.”

For information on how to support cardiovascular education and services, contact Marquina MunozFreedman, RN, at 310 829-8348 or marquina. munoz-freedman@

One of Minerd’s passions was helping the homeless. He was not only a major contributor to Los Angeles’ Union Rescue Mission; he also cared personally about maintaining the dignity of the unhoused, always serving meals at the mission on Thanksgiving. Andrus remembers, “I was walking down the street with Scott when we saw a homeless woman wearing nothing but a big plastic garbage bag and socks. Scott greeted the woman— they obviously met before—and talked with her for about five minutes and gave her some money for food. The thing was, he treated her like just another person, when most people would just walk past her.”

“Scott was a spiritual and sensitive


soul,” says Dr. Prudente. “He really felt a Christian mission to take care of the poor and vulnerable, which is, I believe, what attracted him to Saint John’s and the Union Rescue Mission. Both of these institutions are committed to taking care of all people, which very much resonated with him.”

His philanthropy included supporting human rights efforts,

including helping immigrants and refugees in the United States. “He also donated to overseas missions in India, helping people with abject poverty,” says Andrus. “Giving was a big part of Scott’s life.”

“The Kenny and Carol Minerd Heart and Vascular Institute represents one of our first namings of our new institute model,” says Avila. “We hope that it will invite other

prospective donors to name some of our other institutes.”

Adds Dr. Prudente: “Scott’s gift to the health center will benefit the entire Saint John’s community regardless of socioeconomic status. It will allow us to offer these patients academic-level care with hands-on, personalized service, and it will be among Scott’s many legacies.”

Scott Minerd’s gift will benefit cardiovascular services.

A Tribute to Ruth Weil


Ruth Weil, a devoted champion and supporter of Providence Saint John’s Health Center, passed away on April 30, 2022, at the age of 93. She will be long remembered for her steadfast enthusiasm and philanthropy toward the Saint John’s Cancer Institute.

Weil wore many hats at Saint John’s. Even into her 90s, she continued to volunteer at both the health center and the cancer institute, clocking in more than 12,000 hours of volunteer work. More than two decades ago, after losing both her husband, Marty, and her daughter, Randy, from cancer, Weil fought through her grief by devoting herself to cancer research and education.

John’s mourns the loss of a fierce champion of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship program. (Front row) Dr. Ramkishen Narayanan, four graduating fellows, Melina Wayne Munoz (Back row) Dr. Anton Bilchik, Dr. Timothy G. Wilson, Michael Wayne, Marisa Wayne, Patrick Wayne, Ruth Weil, Dr. Melanie Goldfarb, Anita Wayne Swift, Dr. Santosh Kesari, Dr. Chester Griffiths, Dr. Daniel F. Kelly, Dr. Leland J. Foshag, Dr. Trevan Fischer

Her generosity was shaped while growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, says her daughter Sharon Weil. “She grew up in a very small community where people took care of one another. She was always told that if you have something, you must share it. She was very family-oriented. She tended to make family out of everyone she met.”

Born in 1929, Weil was an outstanding student and attended Penn State University, only to be discouraged from a career in medicine by a professor who felt women didn’t belong in the profession. After graduation from Penn State, she moved to Los Angeles, where she met and married Marty. Marty Weil cofounded a real estate investment company. Ruth became a general partner after Marty passed away.

She downplayed her role in comanaging Laskey-Weil Co, Sharon says, noting that her mother’s true talents were painting, knitting, needlework, baking and entertaining. “She always introduced herself as a hospital volunteer and fundraiser and advocate for cancer research. But she really was very good at business. Women of her age had limitations in how they could express their careers. She did it gracefully and was very effective and made a lot out of what she had and what she could offer.”

Weil raised two beloved daughters and was

Angelo Fernando, Sharon Weil, Berry Gordy, Ruth Weil, Dr. Ramkishen Narayanan Weil with her dear friend Anton Bilchik, MD, PhD

an outstanding baker, often bringing sweet treats to the cancer institute on the days she volunteered there and earning the nickname “Ladycake.” She raised more than $2 million for the cancer institute and later established the Martin H. Weil fund, which funds the Ruth and Martin H. Weil Laboratory for Cancer Research. In 2016, she was honored with the first-ever Donald L. Morton, MD, Legend Award for making a lasting contribution to cancer research and education.

Weil was introduced to Saint John’s when a friend invited her to participate in the auxiliary group supporting the John Wayne Cancer Institute (what is now known as the Saint John’s Cancer Institute). “They were a group of very effective women—very effective in fundraising,” Sharon notes. “My mother liked to be effective and efficient. From there, she established relationships with the doctors and hospital staff and nurses. Saint John’s was like a second home to her. She was very close to Sister Maureen. It was a special relationship.”

Weil was beloved at Saint John’s, brightening the lives of the patients and staff she encountered during her volunteer shifts.

“Ruthie was an exceptional, loving person who devoted her life to helping others,” says Weil’s dear friend Anton J. Bilchik, MD, PhD, professor of surgery and chief of medicine of the Saint John’s Cancer Institute. “She made me and all

Ruth and Sharon Weil Ruth and Marty Weil Ruth would knit booties and hats for newborns in the hospital.


2017 – Dr. Trevan Fischer – Saint John’s Cancer Institute/Saint John’s Health Center – Providence | surgical oncologist/ assistant program director, DLM CGSO Fellowship Program

2018 – Dr. Amanda Graff-Baker - Kaiser San Jose Medical Center | surgical oncologist

2019 – Dr. Trang Nguyen - Indiana University School of Medicine | assistant professor of surgery

2020 – Dr. Adam Khader - Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran Affairs Medical Center | surgical oncologist

2021 – Dr. Pat Lorimer - Arizona Advanced Surgery | surgical oncologist

2022 – Dr. Christopher Wade - University of Mississippi Medical Center | assistant professor in complex general surgical oncology

2022 – Dr. Jennifer Keller - Saint Louis University | surgical oncologist

2023 – Dr. Stephanie Young – Current fellow who will join Providence St. Joseph/Holy Cross after graduation in July 2023

To support the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, contact the Saint John’s Cancer Institute at 310-315-6125.

of the hundreds of fellows we have trained feel part of her extended family. She was the first and only ‘honorary fellow’ of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and wore her white coat with great pride. The loss of one my best friends will never be forgotten, but I feel fortunate and blessed to have shared moments of love, tears and laughter with my dear Ruthie.”

Weil also created a $1.5 million endowment for the Ruth and Martin H. Weil Surgical Oncology Fellow to fund institute fellowships. She hosted events for the fellows, including the annual graduation party at her Westside home. She often invited fellows who were far from home to spend holidays at her home, and they fondly referred to her as their den mother, Sharon says.

“Ruthie not only gave of her time, brightening the days of everyone she encountered while volunteering at Saint John’s, she created a legacy that will ensure surgical oncology training and education,” says Andy Trilling, vice president of principal gifts for the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation. “She wanted to ensure that the fellowship program she so loved and admired would continue to retain its reputation as one of the best.”

Weil is survived by her daughter Sharon and four grandchildren. Donations in her honor can be made to the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation in care of the Ruth and Martin H. Weil Fund.

Weil with other members of the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxilary
“We are extremely grateful for the support. Vision to Learn gives prescription glasses to kids who otherwise wouldn’t get them due to problems with health care access.”
—Joan Chu Reese, executive director, Vision to Learn
Vision To Learn is one of the Community Impact Fund
grantees that serves children.





Providence Saint John’s Health Center and the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation recently provided grants totaling more than $2 million to 33 programs across the Westside. The funding services the most vulnerable— those who experience homelessness, abused women, children from low-income households, those battling mental illness or chronic illness, and others who may fall between the cracks.

The CIF program was launched in 2015 after Providence assumed sponsorship of Saint John’s Health Center from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Since the opening of Saint John’s in 1942, however, its leaders have partnered with not-forprofit service providers on the Westside.

“Through the Community Impact Fund, our goal is to support our local health care partners in improving the health of our community,” says Wendy Merritt, senior director of foundation relations. “Every year, we assess how effective our support has been in helping these local charities achieve their missions of improving the lives of those in need while also reviewing new applicants to see if we can expand our impact.”

A CIF Advisory Committee, comprised of health center leaders and several Saint John’s Health Center Foundation trustees, reviews applications and about 15 to 25 grants a year. The committee does not accept unsolicited grant applications; it identifies potential grantees based on need and knowledge of organizations doing good work in the community. Committee members conduct site visits and measure outcomes to determine the impact of the grants. This year, eight new organizations were among the grantees.





An expansion of the Veterans’ jobs program which provides paid, on-the-job training to veterans at the Heroes Golf Course, Mission Vets provides wraparound support to participants focused on wellness, fitness and employment.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF SANTA MONICA, Healthy Lifestyles and Social Emotional Health Programs

Serving at-risk youth, SMART Girls is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 to 17. Passport to Manhood provides guidance and mentorship with positive male role models focusing on decisionmaking and responsibility for boys ages 11 to 14.


Supporting cancer resources and programs for Saint John’s patients dealing with cancer.

CATHOLIC BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, Wellness Mentoring Program & Navigational Support

Works with people of all beliefs and backgrounds to nurture social and emotional development, improve academic achievement and build self-esteem through mentorship of at-risk young people.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF LOS ANGELES, INC., The Landing at St. Robert’s Center

The Landing supports pregnant/parenting homeless youth, ages 25 years and younger, by promoting positive parent-child attachment, building parenting skills, encouraging healthy living and lifestyle choices, and providing stress reduction and emotional well-being for parents.

CLARE/MATRIX, Mental Health Capacity Building Initiative

Focusing on a vulnerable population living below the poverty line, CLARE/MATRIX programs target individuals suffering from substance use disorders and mental health issues with residential and outpatient treatment services.

CLARIS HEALTH, Family Preservation and Reunification Program

Offering health care and support to individuals and families facing unintended pregnancy or other health concerns, this program empowers mothers to move from crisis to stability and prevent family separation.

GROWING HOPE GARDENS, Food Gardens that Empower

Creates and supports on-site, organic, regenerative and food gardens with residents of affordable housing and homeless shelters in Los Angeles.

MEALS ON WHEELS WEST, Community Connections

Provides community-based services that nourish and enrich the lives of our homebound neighbors of all ages by providing nutritious meals.


Creates a structured, socially engaging environment that enables adults with memory loss to avoid isolation and provides respite to the family caregiver.


Provides leadership and resources to address the consequences of homelessness in Pacific Palisades.


Ensures that every adolescent has the opportunity to reach their full potential.


Provides services to pre- and postpartum women at risk of child maltreatment due to histories of trauma, substance abuse, violence or mental health challenges.

“We want to see an end to visible street homelessness and provide people with places to grow and heal and improve their lives and be successful in whatever that means to them.”
—Josh Hertz, director of development, The People Concern
People Concern staff receiving grocery donations



Provides critical services for underserved children following cleft palate surgery who otherwise would not be able to access speech therapy services.


Provides a trained professional to help provide safety-net resources to homeless patients seeking emergency services.

PROVIDENCE SAINT JOHN’S PHYSICIAN PARTNERS, Hypertension Initiative/Free At-Home Blood Pressure Monitors

Expands services to Saint John’s Physician Partners patients suffering from high blood pressure.

SAINT JOHN’S CANCER INSTITUTE, SJCI Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Provides nationally ranked training in developing the next generation of skilled cancer surgeons.

SAFE PARKING LA, Housing Stabilization and Retention

Provides safe and secure overnight parking in underutilized parking lots with restrooms for individuals dealing with vehicular homelessness.

SAFE PLACE FOR YOUTH, Health & Clinical Programs

Serving homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 24, SPY provides wraparound services addressing barriers to housing, financial security, employment, education and parenting support.

ST. JAMES INN, Temporary Housing for Patients

Provides a home away from home for families of critically ill patients who must travel far from their homes for treatment and find the cost of lodging a financial burden.


Supports health and wellness opportunities, such as mindfulness training for all Santa Monica public schools to ensure students thrive.

SANTA MONICA FAMILY YMCA, Big Bear Camp Youth Scholarship

Ensures that underserved children have the opportunity to experience summer camp.

ST. MONICA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, Health & Wellness Program

Providing physical fitness instruction for grades 6-12, and health education and strength conditioning to faculty and staff.

THE PEOPLE CONCERN: Sojourn domestic violence program Services for Battered Women and their children.

THE PEOPLE CONCERN, Westside Interim Housing & Wellness Program

Once individuals are placed in interim housing, The People Concern seeks to provide skills and therapies through its wellness programming to help prepare residents for stable, long-term housing.

UCLA/VA VETERAN FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER, Supporting Transition to Housing for Veterans

Provides free behavioral health and wellness services to Veterans, National Guard and reserve members of all eras, regardless of military discharge status or VA benefit eligibility, and their family members.

U.S. VETS, Outreach Services for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans in West L.A.

Aids in the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support.

VISION TO LEARN, Free Screenings, Exams & Glasses

Providing free vision screening and eyeglasses for children who otherwise would not receive vision care.


Offers access to free, nutritious food through food acquisition and distribution and by engaging the community and advocating for a strong food assistance network.

WISE & HEALTHY AGING, Adult day center, Spanish language and live alone expansion

Advocates on behalf of and empowers those seniors who are at risk, living alone, have a physical or mental impairment, want to live in their own home, are lonely or depressed and/or are at risk for exploitation by others.

For more information, please visit community-impact-fund

“A grant to help us with food purchases helps us support the work of so many of our partners.”
—Genevieve Riutort, president and chief executive officer, Westside Food Bank

The Legacy of a Lifetime

Attorney Michael Sannes capped many years of charitable giving with a generous bequest that will support the health center.

By all accounts, Michael Sannes was a generous man. Sannes, who passed away in 2021 at age 70, gave many gifts to Providence Saint John’s Health Center during his life, including a multimillion-dollar legacy gift. The gift will benefit an area of the hospital wherever the need is greatest.

Sannes was born in 1951 on a farm in Wisconsin. He moved to Los Angeles after attending law school at the University of Wisconsin. In Los Angeles, he specialized in real estate law and eventually built a successful real estate management company.

“Around 1989 to 1990, when the economy took a dive and prices started going down, Michael started buying real estate himself,” says Glenn City, a commercial real estate appraiser who was friends with Sannes for more than 30 years. Eventually, Sannes owned more than 100 buildings, and he gave up practicing law. In his later years, Sannes lived in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles with his partner, Cristina Manlulu.

“He was an avid motorcyclist,” says City, who is married to Cristina’s

Michael Sannes and Cristina Manlulu

sister. “I think he was a tough businessman, but he reserved that for business, and he was great with his friends. He loved to sit on his patio, watch basketball and barbeque.” He also encouraged his employees to invest and start their own business ventures, supporting them however he could.

City says that Sannes spoke highly of Saint John’s and how well they had taken care of him when he needed treatment for melanoma. “One day when we were watching basketball, Michael said he had read about a shortage of surgical specialists and the fact that government funding had declined for fellowship programs,” City recalls. “He was very concerned about that.”

Sannes was deeply interested in doing good for the community—giving of both his time and treasure, says Madeleine Hansen, Cristina’s daughter. He was active in supporting the YMCA, veterans’ groups and Habitat for Humanity. As a lawyer, he was thoughtful and careful about his philanthropy— choosing to give to organizations that had low organizational expenses.

“He wanted to address diseases that did not have a cure,” she says. “I think we’re on the brink of a cure with melanoma, and he felt Saint John’s research on melanoma was important. We always talked about giving and helping others. He did a lot of research about the organizations he helped. He particularly liked Saint John’s because the funds were going to help people. He knew it would help doctors and patients.”


Everyone can make a difference

Having undergone successful treatment for melanoma at Saint John’s, Hansen says, “he knew that there was no organization more capable of helping to solve this problem and deserving of his financial contribution than Saint John’s.”

Legacy gifts, such as bequests, are made through charitable estate planning and can have significant tax advantages for you and your heirs. There are many additional reasons to consider a legacy gift:

• Charitable bequests are viewed as one of the most meaningful expressions of gratitude about the care received.

They allow you to leave a legacy in an area that may be close to your heart.

• You may be able to make an impact greater than you thought possible.

• Legacy donors may be eligible for special recognition and amenities.

Our experienced staff can work confidentially with you and your financial advisors to help ensure your charitable wishes are fulfilled. Please contact Andy Trilling, vice president of principal gifts, at 310-449-5246 or



University. She was the 2013 recipient of the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research, presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

After 33 years of dedicated service, Robert “Bob” Klein has retired as leader of Saint John’s Health Center Foundation. We are fortunate that, in his retirement, Klein will continue to serve as a life trustee of the foundation.

On May 15, following an extensive, national search, the board of trustees appointed Sheryl Bourgeois, PhD, as the foundation’s new president and CEO.

Bourgeois has three-plus decades of broad nonprofit leadership experience. Her expertise spans health care, education and academic medicine. Most recently, she served as president of the Ronald M. Simon Foundation, which focuses on college access and affordable housing for underserved communities. Prior to that, Bourgeois spent 24 years at Chapman University in Orange. She came to Chapman after holding positions with the Southern California Muscular Dystrophy Association, City of Hope Medical Center and University of California, Irvine.

“I am honored to lead an organization that has the distinguished history, community commitment, remarkable support and legacy of the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation,” says Bourgeois.

“I look forward to building on Bob’s success as we create the future of health care for the communities we serve.”

Bourgeois holds a BA in English from UCLA, and a master’s degree and PhD in education from Claremont Graduate

For most of her time at Chapman, she served as executive vice president and chief advancement officer. In that role, she provided strategic and fiscal leadership to a team of 110 professionals who were responsible for marketing and communications, development, constituent relations, special events, career and professional development, as well as support to the university’s board of trustees as its primary liaison.

Bourgeois is understandably proud of the career-defining role she played in Chapman’s evolution from a regional liberal arts college with 2,200 students to a U.S. News & World Report nationally ranked (#121) university with 10,000 students. During her tenure, the university underwent meteoric growth across the entire enterprise, with net assets growing from less than $200 million to more than $1.6 billion; the endowment from just over $100 million to almost $600 million; academic programs more than doubling; and the campus footprint expanding by 155%.

As the youngest of six children and the first to seek a four-year college degree, Bourgeois spent much of her upbringing in the San Fernando Valley, striving to not just keep up but surpass her older siblings. Today, Bourgeois is a nationally recognized leader in the nonprofit world. She is a regular industry presenter/ panelist as well as mentor to many upand-coming philanthropic leaders.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the trustees and other generous donors who helped create the Saint John’s Health Center we know today—clearly a place wellknown for its compassionate healing, but equally renowned for its research capability, which rivals the world’s most respected academic health centers,” says Bourgeois.

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3. Sheryl with Cary Singleton and Margot Armbruster


5. Dr. John Robertson, Sheryl Bourgeois, Margo Armbruster and Carl McKinzie

6. Margot Armbruster and Dr. Russ Kino


8. Guests mingle

1. Sheryl A. Bourgeois Ph.D. is welcomed by Allan Goldman Sheryl speaks with Dallas Price-Van Breda and Christine Newman Allan Goldman welcoming guests Sheryl shares a few words with Saint John’s Health Center Foundation Trustees
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After 33 years, thousands of relationships and reaching a milestone of $1 billion in philanthropy, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation President and CEO Bob Klein has stepped down from his leadership role and has been elected as a life trustee.

At an event that reprised, reviewed and sometimes roasted his decades of dedication, a succession of speakers stepped to the microphone and described a legacy of success based on faith—faith in the organization he led, faith in the people with whom he worked, faith in those whose partnership and support he garnered, and faith in God

More than 250 people—including Klein’s wife Jo Ann (who was his childhood sweetheart), all three of their children, and seven of their eight grandchildren—gathered at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, all of them with their own reflections and memories. Every speaker had an individual piece of a puzzle that, when assembled, was the story of a remarkable legacy to which we all are now heirs.

Providence Saint John’s Health Center Chief Executive Michael Ricks recalled the aftermath of the devastating Northridge earthquake of 1994, saying: “There were many voices saying the hospital wouldn’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t be rebuilt. Thankfully, there was another voice—the voice of Bob Klein.”

Former Saint John’s Chief Executive Sister Marie Madeleine delivered the invocation via video.

“His story,” Foundation Chair Roger Wacker told the group, “is an amazing one. It was at USC and later with the LA Rams that Bob learned so many of the skills he brought to the foundation— skills such as knowing when to zig rather than zag, how to tackle both problems and people, the importance

of handoffs, and above all else the value of being part of a team with a vision, a mission and a strong leader.”

Former Foundation Board Chair Mary Flaherty spoke of Klein’s faith. “Bob’s faith in partnership extends to his foundation colleagues, the physicians and nurses and hospital administration and staff, the Irene Dunne Guild, the community of which he is so much a part, his vision of Saint John’s as a place where compassion and health care excellence combine to foster healing and hope in the best Christian tradition, and the generous donors who have shared in and supported that vision.”

One of many highlights was a video montage of key people, including Klein’s foundation colleagues, expressing their gratitude for having had the opportunity to be part of his legacy of excellence.

Foundation Vice President Andy Trilling spoke to the culture Klein fostered at the foundation as “cooperative, collaborative and caring.” Ramin Modabber, MD, a prominent orthopedic surgeon at Saint John’s, reflected on their long-time friendship, cycling adventures and Klein’s effective working relationship with the medical staff.

It was an evening of gratitude, recognition, and surprises. One of the surprises was the announcement by long-time Trustee Lee Ault that the foundation’s board has established a $1 million fund named the Robert O. Klein Endowment.

As the evening came to a close, the USC Marching Band (Klein’s alma mater, where he lettered in football) made a surprise entrance to cap the celebration. Bob Klein stepped to the microphone to thank all those who have meant so much, given so much, and done so much to make the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation and the hospital what it is today.

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1. Bob Klein and Foundation Trustee Lee Ault 2. Providence Saint John’s Chief Executive Michael Ricks 3. Ramin Modabber, MD 4. USC Marching Band Member 5. Bob and Jo Ann Klein and Family 6. Former Foundation Board Chair Mary Flaherty and Bob Klein 7. Foundation Chair Roger Wacker 8. Bob Klein “Fight on” and Family 5 3 6 7 8


Saint John’s Health Center Foundation celebrated its 42nd Chautauqua Weekend March 10–12 at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. Themed “Going Beyond,” the weekend consisted of education, camaraderie, discovery and relaxation for trustees, donors, physician partners, executive leadership and special friends. The event was organized by the Chautauqua Planning Committee, led by co-chairs Shephal Doshi, MD, Allan Goldman and Gretchen Willison.

Clinicians and researchers from Providence Saint John’s Health Center presented on the role of genetics in personalized medicine, and medical weight loss and bariatric surgery. Regional executives participated in a discussion on disruptors in health care. Bob Klein, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation president and chief executive officer, and Michael Ricks, chief executive of Providence Saint John’s Health Center gave Foundation and health center reports. Keynote presenters included Mao Shing Ni, MD, cofounder of Yo San University, and special guest Rod Hochman, MD, Providence president and chief executive officer. Each presentation and report demonstrated how Saint John’s is poised to “go beyond.”

1. Michael Ricks introduces a panel discussing innovation in health care. 2. Jonathon Fischer and Christine Avanti-Fischer 3. Chris Kanoff, Mark Holscher, Ambassador Frank E. Baxter, Mary Ellen Kanoff 4. Carl McKinzie, Jo Ann Klein, Bob Klein, Mary Flaherty, Jay Flaherty, Chris Kanoff, Mary Ellen Kanoff, Carol Smith, Charlie Smith 5. Bob Klein
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6. Roger Wacker, Angelle Grace Wacker, Christina Wang, Chia Chi Kao, MD



7. Panthea Shafipour, Pouya Shafipour, MD, Parvin Peddi, MD, Srinivas Peddi, MD, Maryam Movassaghi, Mehran Movassaghi, MD 8. Tiffany Grunwald, MD, Jared Amerson, Wendy Merritt, Shanti Gowrinathan, MD 9. Genetics panel with Saint John’s Health Center physicians 10. Ramkishen Narayanan, MD, Hargun Singh and family 11. Bill Apfelbaum, Bonnie Apfelbaum, Mike Wise, Sirah Vettese 12. Laura Siart, Ellie Goldman, Allan Goldman, Mary Flaherty (First row) Przemyslaw Twardowski, MD, Laureen Driscoll, Gretchen Willison, Danny Shouhed, MD
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row) Richard F. Wright, MD, Rod Hochman, MD, Roger Wacker, Laurie Kelley, Bob Klein, Paul Psychogios, MD


Roger Wacker, Chair

Robert Amonic, MD, Secretary

Craig C. Benell, Treasurer

Charles F. Adams

William S. Anderson

William M. Apfelbaum

Rae W. Archibald, PhD

Margot S. Armbruster

J. Jeffrey Assaf

Lee A. Ault III

Donnalisa Parks Barnum

Kathy K. Barrett

Ambassador Frank E. Baxter

Rudolph A. Bedford, MD

James P. Birdwell, Jr.

Norris J. Bishton

Eric Borstein

John C. Bowlin

Abbott L. Brown

Jules Buenabenta

Charles G. Cale

Rick J. Caruso

Alex M. Chaves

Scott Cohen

Jonathan R. Cole, MD

Jonathan L. Congdon

Cynthia S. Connolly

Richard F. Corlin, MD

Angela Courtin

Marian H. Craver

Michael W. Croft

Richard R. Crowell

Kathy Danhakl

George H. Davis Jr.

Kevin Ehrhart, MD

Marc Ezralow

Miles Fisher

Mary H. Flaherty

Frances R. Flanagan

Bradford M. Freeman

William M. Garland III

Risa L. Gertner

Kris Gibello

Allan B. Goldman

Jae Goodman

Glenn A. Gorlitsky, MD

Steve Gozini

Michael Hackman

Peter V. Haight

David L. Ho

Tonian Hohberg

Mark C. Holscher

Stanley Iezman

Blake Johnson

Steaven K. Jones Jr.

Paul R. Kanin

Mary Ellen Kanoff

Jordan L. Kaplan

Russ Kino, MD

Scott M. Klein

Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan

Bernadette Leiweke

Robert J. Levitt

Judith D. Licklider

Melvin D. Lindsey

Robert J. Lowe

Carl W. McKinzie

Lawry Meister

Bruce A. Meyer

Peter W. Mullin

Paul D. Natterson, MD

Lee S. Neibart

Lisa D. Nesbitt

Chris Newman

Shelby Notkin

Peter C.D. Pelikan, MD

Putter Pence

Dallas P. Price-Van Breda

Ernie L. Prudente, MD

Justin E. Rawlins

Eric Reiter

Elizabeth G. Riordan

John M. Robertson MD

Jeanne D. Robinson

Victoria B. Rogers

Theodore H. Schneider

Carole Schwartz

Donna L. Schweers

Robert Shuwarger

Laura K. Siart

William E. Simon Jr.

Cary Singleton

Rosa K. Sinnott

Loraine Sinskey

Michael S. Sitrick

Charles F. Smith

Juan Suarez

Nadine E. Tilley

James J. Toth II

J. David Tracy

Donna F. Tuttle

Bennet Van de Bunt

Brian M. Webber

Edward White

Shannon M. Wickstrom

Gretchen A. Willison

Michael E. Wise

Brett G. Wyard


Mary Y. Davis

Robert A. Day

Richard M. Ferry

Ambassador Glen Holden

John G. Huarte

Robert O. Klein

Dominic J. Ornato

William P. Rutledge

Robert J. Wagner


Waldo H. Burnside

Robert T. Campion †

A. Redmond Doms †

J. Howard Edgerton †

Jerry B. Epstein †

James L. Hesburgh

Mrs. Earle M. Jorgensen †

Glen McDaniel †

Ruben F. Mettler, PhD †

John H. Michel †

Sister Marie Madeleine

Shonka, SCL

Flora L. Thornton †


Sheryl Bourgeois PhD, President & CEO, SJHCF

Laureen T. Driscoll, MSN, RN

Chief Executive, Providence

South Division

John F. Goeders, CFO, PSJHC

Carol Nishikubo, MD, President, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, PSJHC

Michael Ricks, Chief Executive, PSJHC

Stephanie Weston, President, Irene Dunne Guild

† deceased


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Many of our patients tell us how much they appreciate the people who provided care for them and express their gratitude by making a “Guardian Angel” contribution to Saint John’s. These gifts help us remain at the forefront of medical advances and life-saving research.

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“W e work closely with a multidisciplinary team of specialists— from surgeons to medical oncologists
oncologists. That was something that really attracted me to the program.”
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