Your generous tax deductible donation to the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center will make a difference to those patients living with congenital heart disease. Donate Online
The Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center is an internationally recognized patient care, diagnostic, research, and educational facility devoted to the rapidly growing population of adult patients with congenital heart disease.
The Center, the first and largest of its kind in the United States, provides tertiary care that is difficult or impossible to duplicate, and is a community, statewide, national, and international resource. The Center has brought unparalleled skills, new knowledge, and advanced technology to bear upon the health of its patients, and serves as a model for similar facilities in North America, Europe, and the Far East.
Your gift to the Center will support not only the well-being of our diverse patient population by underwriting program and research development, but it also will extend to the hundreds of thousands of affected adults worldwide who continue receiving care based upon guidelines developed at UCLA.
Learn more about giving to ACHD:
- ACHD Program & Research Development
- Monthly Giving Program
- Memorial or Tribute Giving
Perloff Fellowship Endowment
Rod Green III Memorial Fund
Gifts can be mailed to:
The UCLA Foundation
PO Box 7145
Pasadena, CA 91109-9903
ACHD Program & Research Development:
Survival of patients born with congenital heart defects (CHD) has changed dramatically since the first cardiac surgeries over 75 years ago. Early diagnosis, timely intervention, and the need for lifelong cardiac surveillance has given rise to the specialty of adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). The mission of ACHD balances the pursuit of longer life expectancy with optimizing overall health and quality of life.
UCLA led the nation in developing specialized care for adults with CHD in 1980, and remains one of the largest ACHD centers in the U.S, setting the gold standard for ACHD centers around the world. Through groundbreaking advances in diagnostic and interventional congenital cardiac care, transformative research, and destination training for ACHD future providers, the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center plays a crucial role in the lives of their grateful patients.
To fulfill the mission longer life expectancy and optimal health and wellness in the ever-growing population of adults with CHD, it takes more than exceptional ACHD health care providers and facilities. So much of what makes the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center extraordinary in the areas of patient/family centered care, research, and training is dependent upon donated funds. Philanthropy plays a critical role in the continued programmatic growth of the Center. Your donation in support of Program and Research Development will support the following key initiatives:
- Research, both institutional and multi-center ACHD
- Training ACHD fellows to become future providers
- Social Worker, for the psychosocial support of our patients/families
- Patient-focused social/educational events and newsletter
- Health care provider ACHD symposiums to improve regional/national ACHD care
All donations are tax deductible and should be made to the "UCLA Foundation" and memo specifying "ACHD Program and research development". Donations of any amount are appreciated. Donate Online.
Monthly Giving Program:
Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center 40+ years strong and it's just the beginning.
Today, you can help the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center do what it does best:
- Ensure the highest quality care
- Train the next generation of providers
- Support patients through difficult challenges
- Discover new advances for current and future patients
Much of the success of our program has been through the generous support of patients, family members and philanthropic organizations. Become part of the legacy today by pledging your tax-deductible monthly support.
Memorial or Tribute Giving:
If you would like to make a donation in memory of or as a tribute in honor of an ACHD patient, family member, colleague, or ACHD provider, this is a wonderful way to allow the story of ACHD to live on. If you would like to develop a fund for ongoing donations, please reach out to Yvonne Jose at y[email protected] to assist in coordinating a tribute page.
The Joseph K. Perloff, M.D., Endowed Fellowship will enable UCLA to inaugurate a distinguished fellowship that will benefit the Center's mission in research, education, and patient care. Moreover, it will provide permanent funding to recruit the best graduate students and trainees in order to advance congenital heart disease research in many of the areas originally initiated by Dr. Perloff.
Born in New Orleans, Dr. Perloff received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1951. After an internship and residency in medicine and pathology at New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital, he spent a year with Dr. Paul Hamilton Wood at the Institute of Cardiology, London, as a Fulbright Fellow. Dr. Perloff moved to Washington, D.C., completing his fellowship in cardiology and rising rapidly to the rank of Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. He then became Chief of the Section of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.
After arriving at UCLA in 1977, Dr. Perloff served as the Streisand/American Heart Association Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics until his retirement in September 2001. He perceived the need for an adult congenital heart disease facility, because increasing numbers of infants and children with congenital heart disease were reaching adulthood. Few cardiologists knew how to care for this new patient population, so Dr. Perloff, soon joined by Dr. John S. Child, established the premier Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center to provide expert patient care, education, and research.
As a pioneer in the field of adult congenital heart disease, Dr. Perloff has enjoyed worldwide acclaim as a visiting professor and lecturer, and is the recipient of numerous national and international awards and honors. The first of its kind in the United States, the Center not only provides tertiary care, but also serves as a community, statewide, national, and international resource.
Dr. Perloff had an enormous influence on the careers of countless health care professionals; he was my own mentor in cardiology and a critical guide throughout my career. For that reason, we are pleased and honored to ask you to consider making a charitable contribution to this worthwhile cause.
Donations can be made in the form of a pledge payable over a five year period, a cash gift, or check. For more information, please contact our administrative manager Yvonne Jose at [email protected] or call 310-825-2019.
Roderick S. Green, III of Seattle died suddenly on December 28, 2005 in New York at the age of 35, while on a Christmas visit with his family. His death was attributed to complications of severe congenital heart disease.
Rod was born in Boston on December 26, 1970 and raised in eastern Long Island. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1993. After graduation, he joined the accounting firm of Ernst and Young . However, he quickly became disillusioned with corporate ethics, and left the firm to travel and pursue his education, earning a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Fordham University in 2000 spending summers working in Denver and Seattle in the Non Profit Sector as an independent consultant, specializing in Grant Writing and Donor Research. Rod then attended the University of Maryland, in a Doctorate Program concentrating in Public Policy and Environmental Ethics.
Like his grandfather before him, he loved to be on the road heading for unknown horizons, always feeling the "thunder beneath his feet" yet never missed the opportunity to help others along the way. These experiences brought Rod a deep appreciation for the beauty of the northwest and he seized an opportunity to move to Denver in 2001, where he lived until 2004, eventually relocating to his favorite city of Seattle. In May, 2005, he completed a Fundraiser Management Certificate Program at the University of Washington Extension and was appointed to the Development Committee for the Jubilee Women's Center in Seattle. He also was a member of the Puget Sound Professional Grantwriters Association and The Northwest Development Officers Association.
Rod's plans for the future included additional travel, continued work in the Non-Profit Sector, satellite radio commentary on political ethics and constitutional integrity and the completion of the books he was in the process of writing.
He lived life to the fullest, always concentrating on the positive and maintaining the highest ethical standards. Rod was a self-proclaimed minimalist, with a remarkable degree of wisdom which served him well in dealing with the physical obstacles his heart disease imposed upon him. He set high goals for himself and was determined to be all he could be, never complaining and always striving for his dreams. He often referred to Life as "The greatest ride God could ever invent"! Many times his body failed him and he dealt with frustration and disappointment every day, but always looked for the rainbow around the corner and found it. He had some dark days and some close calls, but he never allowed himself to be vanquished. Anger and frustration and fear were dealt with promptly and put to rest. He had great determination and personal discipline and was planning a full year of study, work and travel when he died. Rod was at peace with his mortality and died with his boots on, as he wished.
Rod sought out the expertise of Dr. John Child at UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Clinic in 1998, and remained a patient there for the rest of his life, traveling to UCLA for check-ups and consultations. He developed a close relationship with the entire staff and was sustained by the incredible care and respect he received from them. Having considerable experience with various doctors and hospitals, Rod described his visits to UCLA as the nearest thing you can find to visiting a "Medical Disney World"!
Rod is survived by his mother, Mary Jean Green of Hampton Bays, New York, a sister, Maura, a brother-in-law, Jason , a niece and God Daughter, May Ella , a nephew, Luke Joseph , his Aunt Eileen and four cousins, as well as three second cousins. Rod's father died in 1992.
In memory of Rod, donations can be made to the Roderick S. Green, III Memorial Fund, UCLA/Ahmanson Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center to further education in this relatively new sub-specialty.
The Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center (Please make checks payable to UCLA Foundation and indicate Adult Congenital Heart Disease in the memo section)
650 Charles E. Young Drive South, Room A2-237 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095