Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Receives $1.6 Million Gift Intent from Care+Cure and The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles

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The endowment will allow CHLA’s Division of Neurology to create
The Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship Program

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Care+Cure initiatives of The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los
Angeles have stated their intent to establish a $1.6 million endowment
to fund The Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship Program at Children’s Hospital
Los Angeles (CHLA). This endowment, announced on International Epilepsy
Day, will be used to launch a program in July 2016 that will train one
epilepsy fellow every year in perpetuity.

“The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles has been the leading
voice and catalyst on building a workforce of child neurologists and
epileptologists in Southern California to provide timely access to
expert care,” says Brent Polk, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at CHLA. “We are
so grateful for their commitment to CHLA’s Epilepsy Program by ensuring
training of the next generation of pediatric epilepsy specialists.”

“There is a shortage of child neurologists in this country and in this
region,” says Andrew Gumpert, President, Worldwide Business Affairs and
Operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group and
co-chair of Care+Cure. “The Care+Cure initiatives of The Epilepsy
Foundation of Greater Los Angeles have led the way in supporting the
training of specialists, specialty care, research and supportive care
for families affected by epilepsy. This intent to establish an endowment
is one step in our organization’s fight to End Epilepsy.”

CHLA plays a crucial role as a pediatric academic medical center in
educating the epilepsy specialists of the future. Advances in
technology, such as brain mapping and genetic testing, are improving
epilepsy treatment options. It is essential for physicians to experience
the latest treatments, including diet therapy in conjunction with
clinical care, while also learning how to adapt as medical science
evolves. This program will train child neurologists at CHLA in
comprehensive care for children with epilepsy. Fellows will receive
experience in the most advanced care for these vulnerable patients and
will be eligible to become a Board-certified epileptologist at the
conclusion of the yearlong fellowship.

“This program is a critical next step in our ability to carry out the
vision of building a more robust team of epileptologists at CHLA given
it will create an essential pipeline that currently does not exist,”
states Deborah Holder, MD, Director of the Epilepsy Program, EEG
Lab and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Under Dr. Holder’s leadership, the Pediatric Epilepsy Program will train
one fellow per year in perpetuity, beginning in July 2016.

About the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles is leading the fight to
End Epilepsy through care (specialty and supportive), advocacy, research
and educating families affected and the general public about epilepsy.
We are focused in Los Angeles and surrounding counties, which is home to
over 160,000 families living with epilepsy, and our reach extends well
beyond that region. This partnership with CHLA is another example of our
commitment to partner with those who are dedicated to the best care,
treatment and research of children with epilepsy.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit pediatric health care
organization dedicated to creating hope and building healthier futures
for children. Honored as the premier children’s hospital in California
and among the top 10 in the nation, we treat 107,000 young patients
annually from Los Angeles and around the world. As a pediatric charity
of choice, the hospital relies on the generosity of the community to
support its groundbreaking pediatric research and the complex care it
provides for critically ill and injured children.

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Contacts

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Monica Rizzo, 323-361-5745
mrizzo@chla.usc.edu