Cedars-Sinai Tuesday announced a $25 million gift to support the treatment of digestive and liver diseases and the advancement of innovative research.
Cedars said in a statement that the current Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases will be renamed the Karsh Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology to honor benefactors Martha L. Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh, and the Karsh Family Foundation.
Dr. Shelly C. Lu, who will serve as director of the division, said the gift is transformative.
“The Karsh family’s extraordinary pledge of support for our division will further advance our clinical excellence, help train the next generation of leaders in gastroenterology and hepatology, and establish the division as a leading research powerhouse,” said Lu, who holds the Women’s Guild Chair in Gastroenterology.
U.S. News & World Report currently ranks Cedars-Sinai No. 2 in the nation for gastroenterology and GI surgery, the statement said.
Martha and Bruce Karsh said they are honored to support Cedars-Sinai.
“It is one of the nation’s premier medical centers and a vital resource for the Los Angeles community. 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 Karshes said in a statement.