September 7th, 2017: In a lively ceremony held in the new, fourth-floor of HC4 location, Keck School of Medicine Dean Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, joined USC President Max C. Nikias, USC Provost Michael Quick, Keck Medicine of USC CEO Tom Jackiewicz and USC Trustees Gayle and Edward Roski to officially open the new USC Roski Eye Institute clinic.
Dean Varma, who also serves as director of the Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute, presented opening remarks.
“This is a very special day for us because we are unveiling our newly remodeled eye clinic, and for this, we are deeply grateful to Gayle and Ed Roski, whose gift has allowed us to be in this new space,” Varma said. He then invited President Nikias to say a few words.
“Together, we have celebrated many successes at the USC Roski Eye Institute, but today stands out as particularly special,” Nikias said. “This beautifully remodeled clinic is all about vision – saving it, preserving it and restoring it. You, the doctors and the staff who bring this clinic to life, stand at the fore of this important efforts and are the finest in the nation.”
“Dean Varma and Dr. Mark Humayun, the clinic’s co-directors, have assembled a team of doctors and staff who are expert at lifting the clouds from our vision,” Nikias continued.
Nikias then expressed his profound gratitude to the Roskis for their vision and generosity.
Gayle Roski, a noted artist in addition to her work as a philanthropist, was treated for cataracts by Keck Medicine ophthalmologists, and as a result, “she and Ed resolved to find an institute with the most ambitious goal possible – to eliminate blindness.”
“With their support, the USC Roski Eye Institute is stronger than ever. It’s one of the top-two funded eye institutes in the nation and a leader in research funding from the National Institute of Health,” Nikias continued. “Its residency program runs in the top ten nationwide, and it just expanded for the first time in years. And in 2016 this institute, my fellow Trojans, treated more than 100,000 patients.”
“It’s an honor to help support people who will be behind the new breakthroughs in the future of this field,” Gayle Roski said. “And I want you to know that Ed and I are grateful for your presence here today and thankful for the work you do each and every day.”
With the conclusion of remarks, Dean Varma officially unveiled the clinic’s striking signage and invited attendees to tour the new, state-of-the-art facilities, which includes 31 patient rooms, an out-patient surgical area, labs, a staff lounge and more.