Support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a leader in pediatric medicine, research and education, in large part, thanks to its compassionate and generous donors. Philanthropists of all financial means help ensure the hospital can achieve its mission to create hope and build healthier futures.

With game-changing scientific advances being made today and changes in how health care is delivered, philanthropy has never been more important—or more powerful—than it is now. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles invites you to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Area of Greatest Need

From preemie diapers that fit in the palm of your hand to breakthroughs in cancer research, the costs of delivering leading-edge medical care for children are immense—and the needs are urgent.

The Children's Fund

Providing the most advanced care for children requires specialized treatment. From using diapers that fit in the palm of your hand for babies in the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit to conducting research aimed at discovering new therapies for serious childhood illnesses such as leukemia and autism, the cost of this care is substantial. The Children's Fund provides vital resources to support the areas of the most urgent need—and helps ensure that our renowned doctors, nurses and researchers can continue to provide leading-edge pediatric care every day.

CONTACT: Theresa Webster, Associate Director of Development, 323-361-7035 or

Clinical Excellence

Children's health outcomes are better when they are treated at an institution specifically dedicated to pediatrics. By investing in excellence in clinical care and research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles you are helping us provide the best care to kids today and in the future.

Cancer and Blood Disease Institute

At the forefront of care and research for over 50 years, the Cancer and Blood Disease Institute is one of the largest pediatric hematology-oncology programs in the country and is ranked among the top five programs in the nation. Every day, physician-scientists in the Institute provide excellent care, pursue innovative treatments and educate future leaders in the field. The Cancer and Blood Disease Institute is committed to increasing cure rates and improving quality of survival for children, adolescents and young adults through outstanding clinical care, research, academic excellence and global leadership.

CONTACT: Rosalie DiCarlo, Associate Vice President, Development, 323-363-6989 or


Jackie and Gene Autry Orthopedic Center

The Jackie and Gene Autry Orthopedic Center offers the kind of specialized care that can help a wheelchair bound child learn to walk after an injury, straighten the spine of a teenager with scoliosis, allow an injured athlete to get back on the field, and provide an active future for a child with bone cancer. The Center is recognized as one of the nation’s top programs not only for its care, but also for its training and research.

CONTACT: Tiffanie Al-NasserAssociate Vice President, Development­, 323-361-7288 or


Fetal and Neonatal Institute

The Fetal and Neonatal Institute has among the nation’s most innovative models of care, offering lifesaving treatments that few other centers can provide. The Institute brings together over 25 pediatric medical, surgical and imaging specialties to provide comprehensive care for families and their babies, from pregnancy to delivery to postnatal life. The Institute’s research and training programs are leading the way in several promising areas, including fetal surgery and new diagnostic technologies.

CONTACT: Melissa Do Vale, Associate Senior Vice President of Development, 323-361-1706 or

Heart Institute

The Heart Institute is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric cardiovascular center in the western United States and is co-directed by one of the world’s foremost pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, Vaughn A. Starnes, MD, and renowned cardiologist Paul F. Kantor, MBBCh, MSc, FRCPC. Children’s Hospital has been a leader in heart and lung care since the 1930s. Today, the Heart Institute conducts over 11,000 clinic visits and performs 1,000 cardiothoracic surgeries each year, including repairs of the most complex pediatric cardiac conditions.

CONTACT: Rita Terterian, Vice President of Development, 323-361-7428 or

Neurological Institute

The Neurological Institute is dedicated to helping all children achieve their full neurologic potential. The Institute’s comprehensive program for disorders and conditions of the brain and mind seamlessly encompasses the hospital’s Divisions of Neurology and Neurosurgery, offering an interdisciplinary destination that houses all of the tools needed to diagnose and treat neurological issues, and the talented experts needed to fully utilize these tools.

CONTACT: Christina Park, Associate Vice President, Development,


The Saban Research Institute

As a leading pediatric academic medical center, research is a vital component of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. All research at the hospital happens under the auspices of The Saban Research Institute of CHLA, which is one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. The Institute’s overarching aim is to foster innovative research to improve the health and wellness of children and ensure the delivery of culturally competent care for diverse pediatric populations.

CONTACT: Tina Pakfar, Associate Senior Vice President of Development, 323-361-1005 or

Family-Centered Care

Families often need more than medical care to deal with the stress of hospitalization. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides family-centered care to support the emotional well-being of children and their families.

Child Life

The Child Life Program recognizes that children process information differently than adults and have distinct needs for dealing with the stress that comes with illness, injury or hospitalization. Working closely with health care teams throughout the hospital, certified Child Life specialists enhance healing and reduce emotional strain for patients and their families through a variety of proven strategies, including preparation for medical procedures, therapeutic play and behavioral interventions.

CONTACT: Julie Halverson, Director of Development, 323-361-1796 or