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A Gift That Grows

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A new endowed chair carries UCLA’s tradition of medical innovation into the future.

The endowed chair in pediatric allergy, immunology and rheumatology has far-reaching consequences for patients of all ages.

The E. Richard Stiehm Endowed Chair in Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology was established in 2017 by a gift from Dr. Roger Kobayashi, who trained under Dr. Stiehm; his wife, Ai Lan Kobayashi, MD; and Dr. Stiehm’s family. The chair celebrates Dr. Stiehm, a pioneer who united the fields of allergy and immunology, and his remarkable achievements during more than four decades as chief of the UCLA Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology.

While it nods to the past, the endowed chair also propels a new wave of teaching, research and life-changing patient care. Today, the chair that honors Dr. Stiehm is held by Dr. Manish Butte, who carries his predecessor’s vision forward by hiring new faculty, training new fellows and students, and making further advances in research. The endowed chair positions UCLA, foundational in the field of pediatric immunology, to remain at the forefront of uncovering new ways to treat pediatric and adult illnessesfrom Alzheimer’s disease to cancerthat have their roots in the genetics of immunology.

To learn more about endowing a chair in children’s health, contact

Danielle Dietz 310-694-6539

Published August 2022

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