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Summer 2011-Chairs trophyMaddie Katz Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Research and Education. Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients and their families facing the problems associated with lifethreatening illness. It assesses and treats a patient’s pain and other physical, psychosocial, and spiritual issues.

Ronald A. Katz established the Maddie Katz Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Research and Education in loving memory of his late wife Madelyn “Maddie” Katz. It supports a senior clinician who will assist UCLA Health System in moving toward a more optimal and modern approach that places palliative-care research, teaching and treatment at the forefront, alongside disease-modifying or cure-oriented therapies.

“Establishing this chair is important to me because it recognizes not just the need to take care of the patient’s pain, but the pain of the family as well,” says Mr. Katz, a 1958 UCLA graduate with a B.S. degree in business administration. Mrs. Katz passed away in 2009. Both Mr. and Mrs. Katz were actively involved with the university for more than 20 years.

The inaugural Katz Chair-holder is Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Mr. Katz stated, “Maddie and I first met Tom almost 40 years ago. When Tom, a palliative-care specialist, heard about my wife’s illness, he came to me and said, ‘I’m going to take care of Maddie.’”

Dr. Strouse has worked with medically ill adults throughout his career, and for the last 15 years, he has focused clinically on psychosocial oncology and cancer-pain and symptom management. “I was drawn to the practice of psychiatry and palliative care because it is, first and foremost, organized around the needs of the patient,” says Dr. Strouse.


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