The University of Southern California has announced a $25 million gift from alumnus and trustee Rick J. Caruso and his wife, Tina, to endow the department of otolaryngology's division of head and neck surgery.
The newly renamed USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery serves patients facing a range of conditions affecting the head and neck, including cancer, thyroid disease, facial paralysis, chronic sinusitis, and tumors of the cranial base. The gift also will endow an affiliated treatment center for young children with severe hearing loss and enable the USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication to expand its research, testing, and therapies for children.
Rick Caruso, the founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Caruso Affiliated, received a bachelor's degree from the USC Marshall School of Business and joined the university's board of trustees in 2007. He also serves on the board of councilors for the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. The couple's latest gift boosts their total giving to USC to more than $35 million, including a naming gift that established the USC Caruso Catholic Center.
"This gift reflects the Caruso family's far-reaching and passionate commitment to USC," said USC president C.L. Max Nikias. "As benefactors, Rick and Tina Caruso inspire so many throughout Los Angeles and our nation, and we should all warmly applaud their philanthropic vision, their dedication to medical discovery, and the profound breadth of their generosity."