Associates Project

A Legacy of Giving

Since our beginnings in 1914, Associate groups such as The Centennial Guild, have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children and families at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. These dedicated, all-volunteer groups raise vital funds to support research, education and patient services, and raise awareness of the hospital in communities throughout Southern California.

Our current efforts include funding The Associates Endowed Chair for the Chief of the Children's Orthopedic Center and The Associates Endowment for Liver and Intestinal Research. For more on these endowments, please see below.

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"It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it."

- Nelson Mandela

Securing the Future of Orthopedic Care

An adult hospital is no place for a kid, especially one who needs specialized orthopedic care. Research shows that children have significantly better outcomes when treated by pediatric orthopedic experts who are trained to address complex issues related to childhood skeletal growth and development. Yet the nation is experiencing a shortage of pediatric orthopedic  surgeons. Over the last decade, more than half of the orthopedic  surgeons in Los Angeles have stopped caring for children, and only 1 in 10 orthopedists in the area are willing to treat underinsured patients.

The Children's Orthopedic Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles believes every child deserves the chance to thrive. Led by David Skaggs, MD, MMM (pictured above), the Center uses the most advanced methods to treat a range of conditions, from broken bones to scoliosis, and serves the most vulnerable children in our community.

The Associates Chair for the Chief of the Children's Orthopedic Center supports the leadership, vision and research of Dr. Skaggs, who has elevated the Center into one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the nation.

Dr. Skaggs oversees a multidisciplinary team of pediatric orthopedic surgeons, nurses, oncologists, rehabilitation experts, prosthetists, physical therapists and biochemical engineers who collaborate to provide care through more than 25,000 patient visits and nearly 2,000 surgical procedures every year.  The Children's Orthopedic Center also performs more pediatric spinal fusion surgeries than any other center on the West Coast. In addition, Dr. Skaggs has pioneered innovative techniques that have been adopted by medical institutions around the country.

The Associates have committed to raising $3 million for an endowed chair for the Chief of the Children's Orthopedic Center, which will allow Dr. Skaggs to advance clinical care, propel research to improve how pediatric orthopedics is practiced at CHLA and beyond, and educate the next generation of specialists.

In recognition of their generous support, Children's Hospital Los Angeles has proudly named the Associates Chair for the Chief of the Children's Orthopedic Center in perpetuity. The endowment will ensure that the Children's Orthopedic Center will have the leadership to take the program to new height for generations to come.

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

- Mahatma Gandhi

Supporting Healthy Children Through Research

When a child's most basic functions— the ability to eat, digest andmetabolize food — don't work properly, his or her entire life can be disrupted. Having a gastrointestinal (GI) or liver disorder doesn't just affect a child's physical health; it can also impact quality of life, social relationships, behavior and overall growth.

Led by Rohit Kohl, MBBS, MS (pictured right), the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children's Hospital Los Angeles takes a comprehensive approach to caring for patients with a variety of intestinal, liver and nutritional disorders. The Division conducts more than 12,000 outpatient visits, and performs more than 1,900 endoscopic procedures and close to 30 lifesaving liver transplants every year.

To support new discoveries that help children afflicted by diseases of the intestinal tract, pancreas and liver, the Associates have committed to funding a $3 million endowment for liver and intestinal research.

Under Dr. Kohli's leadership, the Division's team of scientists has many nationally recognized laboratory and clinical research programs, including ones focused on inflammatory bowel disease and obesity-related fatty over disease. One key advancement was made in 2010 when Dr. Kohli's laboratory highlighted the role of fructose, such as that present in food with high-fructose corn syrup, in triggering injury and scarring within the liver. In addition Dr. Kohli's team has developed a surgical model in mice that is now used by researchers around the world to better understand how weight-loss surgeries improve obesity and its associated morbidities, such as diabetes.

Support from the Associates will help fund studies focused on finding cures and therapies for all diseases that affect children's intestinal, liver or pancreatic function. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Inflammation of the intestine
  • Intestinal dysmotility
  • Obesity
  • Weight-loss surgery
  • Pancreatic disorders
  • Liver disorders and transplantation
  • Allergic disorders of the intestinal tract
  • Celiac disease

In recognition of the Associates' support, Children's Hospital Los Angeles has proudly named the Associates Endowment for Liver and Intestinal Research in perpetuity. The endowment will provide resources to fund the most promising new GI-related research and ensure that CHLA's scientists have protected time to find safer and more effective treatments of some of the most debilitating childhood conditions.