Helene A. And Philip E. Hixon Create Endowed Fellowships In Investigative Medicine At Cedars-Sinai
Generous gift supports training of new researchers
Los Angeles - April 4, 2008 - A major gift from Helene A. and Philip E. Hixon will create the Hixon Endowed Fellowships in Investigative Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Their generous contribution will support the training of gifted physician-scientists in clinical investigation and the translation of medical discoveries to new patient treatments.
The Hixons have been dedicated members of the Cedars-Sinai family for several years, first joining the Board of Governors in 2001. In 2002, they endowed the Helene A. and Philip E. Hixon Chair in Investigative Medicine, held by Dr. Shlomo Melmed, senior vice president of Academic Affairs and director of the Burns and Allen Research Institute. They also have contributed substantially to the Board of Governors' Center Cancer Research at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, and the Heart Families Program for support of families facing cardiac crises. The Hixons have made numerous additional donations in the form of charitable remainder trusts.
Philip Hixon was first introduced to Cedars-Sinai several years ago while serving on the board of directors of the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs. As the publisher of financial, medical and scientific journals, he was asked by an Eisenhower doctor to produce a special medical journal. Philip approached Cedars-Sinai to be the publication's academic partner, and the idea was welcomed by Dr. Shlomo Melmed, senior vice president. The journal served to inform health care workers about the problems of treating patients with different cultural backgrounds. “From that experience,” he says, “I learned what a great institution Cedars-Sinai is. Lee (Helene) and I decided to spend time and money on Cedars-Sinai because Dr. Melmed is an outstanding leader and Cedars-Sinai is engaged in groundbreaking research.”
In 2002 Philip became a member of the Board of Directors; and was elected a Life Trustee in 2004. He is currently vice-chair of the Board of Directors Continuous Quality Improvement committee and vice chair of the CQI Executive Committee.
Philip founded The Rolor Corp., a designer and producer of specialized photographic equipment, and later was Chairman/CEO of Cambridge Information Group (CIG) and its subsidiaries, which publish a variety of scientific, medical, technical journals as well as aviation and military standards and specifications. He was a member of the Board of Phillips Publishing International, Inc. after he retired from CIG.
Helene (Lee) is a former teacher, past president of docents at the B'nai B'rith Jewish Museum, and a former docent at the Smithsonian Museum. She is a licensed commercial helicopter pilot and former vice-president of The Whirly Girls, an international organization of women helicopter pilots, as well as former president of the group's scholarship program.
Both are avidly interested in flying – he is, among many philanthropic activities, Chairmen-Emeritus of the Palm Springs Aviation Museum. Together, they have contributed to the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, Eisenhower Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, the Washington, D.C. Foundation for Group Homes, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington (DC) Hospital Center, Cal State San Bernardino, The Claremont Institute, The National Headache Foundation and other charitable causes.