Dean Carmen Puliafito, Natalie Cole, Ben Lipps, Phillip Palmer, Patti Austin
Dean Carmen Puliafito, Natalie Cole, Ben Lipps, Phillip Palmer, Patti Austin

The 2010 UKRO Benefit Dinner, held on Friday, December 10th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, was a great success thanks to all of our supporters and our truly inspiring honorees! For more information on the event, read our press release.

Natalie Cole accepts UKRO Spirit of Life Award
Natalie Cole
Singer Patti Austin
Patti Austin

Master of Ceremonies

ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor Phillip Palmer


Natalie Cole, Multi-platinum Singer/Songwriter, Nine-time Grammy® Award-winner
Spirit of Life Award

Award presentation by Dr. Phil McGraw, New York Times best-selling author and daytime TV talk show host

Ben J. Lipps, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of Fresenius Medical Care
Outstanding Achievement in Business and Industry Award

Award presentation by Michael Lazarus, M.D., Senior Executive Vice President, Emeritus CMO, Fresenius Medical Care

Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., Dean of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California
Leadership Award for strengthening and fostering research at USC’s Keck School of Medicine

Award presentation by Vaughn A. Starnes, M.D., Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair for Cardiovascular Thoracic Research, Executive Director, Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Anne Riquier-Brison, Ph.D., John McKay Fellowship in Renal Research at USC


Grammy® Award-winner Patti Austin

Event Co-Chairs

Catherine Bach Lopez

Jeff Barry

Jody & Peter Biehl, Ph.D.

Brendon Burchard

Cheri & Roger Burlage

Sydney & Billy Bush

Stefania & Vito Campese, M.D.

Tena Clark

Bruce Corwin

Mark Costanzo

Edward D. Crandall, Ph.D., M.D.

Russell Frackman

Natalie & E.K. Gaylord II

Inderbir S. Gill, M.D.

Christine Cuddy & Harry Gittes

Peter Grosslight

Howard Grossman

Allen Grubman

Philip Hacker

Raymond M. Hakim, M.D., Ph.D.

Judy & Brian Henderson, M.D.

Mark Itkin

Lory & Dean Jones

Toby Keith

Corrinne & Louis Kempinsky

Jena & Michael King

Philip Klein

Jacque & Elliott Kleinberg

Helen & Ken Kleinberg

TK Kimbrell

Ron Kuerbitz

Jacquie & Robert Lange

Diana & Richard Leher

Nathan W. Levin, M.D.

Virginia Long

Vikram Malik

Shaul G. Massry, M.D.

Ralph Mendez, M.D.

Robert Mendez, M.D.

Matthew Mischel, M.D.

Tom Mone

Mitra K. Nadim, M.D.

Pam & Jerry Offsay

Rice Powell

Wendy & Scott Racine

Bruce Ramer

Kay & Bob Rehme

Joyce Rey

Barbara Rose

Jennifer & Adam Ruderman

Barbara & Alan Shabo, M.D.

David Snyder

Annika & Abe Somer

Nancy Heller & Fred Specktor

Brenda Spira

Stanley Stein

Julia & Douglas Trumbull

Joseph Turcillo, Jr., M.D.

Susan Vogel

Deborah & Jeff Wald

Paula Wagner & Rick Nicita

Barbara & Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky