Cedars-Sinai receives $25 million to treat, study digestive diseases

Cedars-Sinai receives $25 million to treat, study digestive diseases

Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles has announced a $25 million gift from Martha and Bruce Karsh and the Karsh Family Foundation in support of treatments for and research on digestive and liver diseases.

The hospital will use the gift to develop and grow the ranks of its faculty in liver and digestive disease. In recognition of the gift, the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at Cedars-Sinai will be renamed the Karsh Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Shelly C. Lu has been appointed to direct the division.

Established in 1998, the Karsh Family Foundation is focused on educational equity and opportunity, social welfare, and community health. "[Cedars-Sinai] is one of the nation's premier medical centers and a vital resource for the Los Angeles community," the couple said in a statement. "Under Dr. Lu's leadership, we are confident that the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology will continue to provide exceptional medical care to patients while pursuing research that significantly advances the understanding of gastrointestinal and liver diseases."

"The Karsh family's gift provides game-changing support for gastroenterology and hepatology and it is an enormous encouragement to our team," said Paul W. Noble, chair of the Department of Medicine and the Vera and Paul Guerin Family Distinguished Chair in Pulmonary Medicine. "We have a national reputation for providing the highest level of patient care and conducting research that is the foundation of our best practices. But the finish line is always moving in medicine and science, and there are still many important frontiers to investigate."