Dear Friend,

The UCLA Department of Surgery is one of the top surgical departments in the world. Our surgeons are world-class leaders in their field who combine a vast wealth of clinical experience with a stellar record of innovative research.

The ten divisions in our department - Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Liver and Pancreas Transplantation, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery - are responsible for major international advances in patient care, education and the development of the newest technologies. For more than 50 years, this has been our mission.

Today that mission is threatened. State support has fallen to levels insufficient to sustain this great department or the types of achievements for which we have always been known. Compounding this are scaled-down payments from managed care plans, significant reductions in Medicare payments and a steady rise in the costs of labor and drugs. In order for us to maintain a standard of excellence and for our department to flourish and grow, we need your help in securing the future.

Your donation will allow us to recruit the brightest young faculty, promote cutting-edge research, and teach the next generation of medical students and residents. Further, it will allow us to remain competitive on a national level with comparable or even lesser departments whose financial reserves have been in place for many years.

The future of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as a truly great medical school depends more than ever on gifts from private sources. We sincerely hope that you will become a UCLA Department of Surgery supporter and by doing so, help us to continue our tradition of leadership and extraordinary accomplishment. We also hope that you think of UCLA as your hospital and look to us for all of your healthcare needs.

Thank you for your consideration.

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If you have any questions about this donation, please contact:

Gretchen McGarry
(310) 794-4746
The Surgical Endowment Fund
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