UKRO 2022 Benefit Dinner Save the Date

Join us for a Gala Dinner Under the Stars benefiting the synthetic kidney project on Friday, June 10, 2022 at The Beverly Hilton in the beautiful Wilshire Gardens! We are excited to introduce this incredible research development taking place at USC, and to honor three inspirational people who have made major contributions to medicine and our community.



Rodney Hanners, CEO, Keck Medicine of USC President & CEO of USC Health System

For extraordinary achievement in executive leadership of Keck Medicine and the USC Health System during the most challenging of times, and for driving clinical efficiencies and promoting a culture of trust and teamwork throughout the organization


Inderbir S. Gill, M.D., Distinguished Professor & Chairman Catherine & Joseph Aresty Department of Urology, Founding Executive Director, USC Institute of Urology, Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation

For extraordinary achievement as a physician and medical innovator saving lives of countless patients all over the world and for immeasurable contributions in improved treatments and protocols in the field of urology


Lori Hartwell, President & Founder Renal Support Network, Patient Advocate and Kidney Disease Survivor

In recognition of her lifelong battle against kidney disease and her extraordinary humanity and support of patients struggling with kidney diseases

Master of Ceremonies, Phillip Palmer, ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor

For information, please contact Judy Levy, LPA Events at or (310) 201-5033 ext. 2.

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Honoree Biographies

Rodney Hanners is the CEO of Keck Medicine and President and CEO of USC Health System. He is responsible for oversight of the university’s clinical activities, including USC Care Medical Group; Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes two acute care hospitals: Keck Hospital of USC and the USC Norris Cancer Hospital; USC Verdugo Hills Hospital; and more than 67 outpatient clinics from Bakersfield to Newport Beach and other clinical practices and joint ventures throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He has successfully led the health system through the more than two years of COVID-19 complications and challenges. Prior to serving as CEO of Keck Medicine, Hanners was the chief operating officer for Keck Medicine as well as the CEO for Keck Medical Center.

Dr. Inderbir Gill is the Chair and Distinguished Professor of Urology, the Shirley and Donald Skinner Chair in Urologic Cancer Surgery, the Executive Director of the USC Institute of Urology, and the Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Gill is an internationally recognized leader in the field of robotics and laparoscopic surgery for urologic cancers.  Countless patients owe their lives to his skill and incredible care.

Lori Hartwell’s mission is to help people living with chronic kidney disease. Hartwell suffered kidney failure at the age of two, survived 50+ surgeries and 13 years of dialysis, and is now living with her fourth kidney transplant. Hartwell founded Renal Support Network in 1993 to instill “health, happiness, and hope” into the lives of fellow patients; she serves as President to this day and has inspired patients, family members and healthcare professionals. She has built a national network of people who she refers to as her “kidney kin” to help let them know they are not alone in this journey and help them find the tools needed to navigate this illness.