(Top) Steven Spielberg with his father Arnold in front of the new Arnold M. Spielberg Conference Suite.
(Bottom, from left) Dr. Clarence H. Braddock III; Dr. Mark Litwin, chair of the UCLA Department of Urology and The Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Chair in Urology; inaugural Spielberg Family Chair in Urologic Oncology holder Dr. Stuart Holden; Steven Spielberg; Dr. Arie Belldegrun, director of the IUO and Roy and Carol Doumani Chair in Urologic Oncology; and Arnold Spielberg.
On October 22, 2015, the UCLA Department of Urology celebrated the installation of Dr. Stuart Holden, associate director of the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology (IUO), as the inaugural holder of the Spielberg Family Chair in Urologic Oncology. The department also thanked the Spielberg family for its commitment to establish the Spielberg Family Program and Research Fund by dedicating the newly named conference suite in the IUO as The Arnold M. Spielberg Conference Suite. The naming pays tribute to Steven Spielberg’s father Arnold, who was an early pioneer in computer science. Steven Spielberg talked about how philanthropy is learned, not inherent, and how he learned about generosity from his father.
Event speakers included Dr. Clarence H. Braddock III, vice dean for education, chief medical education officer and Maxine and Eugene Rosenfeld Chair in Medical Education, who spoke about the school’s mission to educate the next generation of leading physician-scientists. Dr. Eric Miller (MD ’12), a UCLA urology resident, shared that the Spielberg gift supported his educational endeavors.
“The fine doctors and researchers at UCLA have given my dad a remarkable quality of life,” Spielberg said. “Their commitment to care is compelling, and I’m proud to do my part to support pioneering breakthroughs that might eradicate cancer in our lifetimes.”
The Spielbergs’ transformative gift enables the IUO to address its most critical needs, maintain its mission to provide the most advanced integrated patient care and to develop revolutionary treatments for the range of urologic cancers, including bladder, kidney, prostate and testicular.
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