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MedMag-FallWinter11-Chair TrophieThe UCLA Department of Neurosurgery received a $2-million commitment to establish the Dr. Alfonsina Q. Davies Endowed Chair in honor of Paul Crandall, M.D., for Epilepsy Research. The chair will be awarded to a preeminent physician-scientist with a history of creativity, innovation and willingness to view old problems in new ways with new technology. This gift is made possible through the generosity of Nadia and Thomas Davies ’57, whose daughter Alfonsina “Nina” Davies was treated as a teenager through a pioneering surgery performed by Dr. Crandall. Sadly, the Davies lost Nina, suddenly and unexpectedly, earlier this year. They envision that the advances fostered by the creation of this chair will ultimately translate into optimum care for patients with uncontrolled epilepsy.


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