LuskinOIC Top 23 of 2023

Date: 12/19/2023

At LuskinOIC, a great deal was accomplished in 2023. And we did it in growing partnership with you. Your continued support has expanded and deepened the reach of our medical services, research projects, and community outreach. Thank you for supporting LuskinOIC’s enduring mission to provide outstanding care to children in LA and beyond, regardless of their financial circumstances or insurance status. As we prepare to wrap up the year and welcome an auspicious 2024, let us take a moment to look back on the Top 23 moments of 2023.

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  • UCLA has appointed our very own Dr. Nicholas Bernthal as the permanent Chair of the UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Bernthal brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this prestigious role and is poised to lead the department to new heights in patient care, research, and education. We are particularly excited to announce that he will be the first chair in the history of the department with a pediatric practice.

  • One among just a few hundred healthcare institutions nationwide, LuskinOIC’s Pediatric Urgent Care Center was recognized with the Human Experience Guardian of Excellence Award by Press Ganey. Our Center ranked in the top 5% of 41,000 healthcare institutions in delivering optimal patient experience last year. We are endlessly proud of the outstanding work LuskinOIC professionals accomplish every day, despite the widespread challenges particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • The Harbison Radiology department received the Outstanding Clinical Site Award in Medical Imaging from the College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University (CDU). Under the leadership of LuskinOIC Medical Director Dr. Mauricio Silva, MD, and Radiology Manager Thomas Tamayo, RT, the department prides itself in aiming to capture perfect imaging that directly contributes to the excellent care of children and youth patients.

  • The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) renewed the accreditation of our Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) following a rigorous review of our outcomes, policies and practices. Founded in 1979, the AAAHC are the leaders in developing to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education, and research.

  • LuskinOIC’s Dr. Rachel Thompson was awarded POSNA’s Roshen N. Irani Research Training Grant for her proposal on “The Role of Social Determinants in Return to Activity Following Fractures.” Dr. Thompson’s research will study the differences in physical activity levels in children from different socioeconomic backgrounds months after recovering from a fracture injury.

  • Over the years, Orthopaedic Hemophilia Treatment Center (OHTC) has been involved in gene therapy trials for hemophilia A and B, serving as a clinical trial site for the recruitment of patients. Results from these trials were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine with OHTC’s Medical Director, Dr. Doris Quon, included in the authorship.

  • Twice a year, Medical Director Dr. Silva holds telehealth screening clinics for tens of prospective patients in the International Children’s Program (ICP). This initial screening process proves indispensable in assessing which patients will be admitted to the program to receive much needed musculoskeletal treatment and care.

  • The UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery opened an Adult Orthopaedic Clinic on LuskinOIC’s downtown campus this month. Five surgeons and five non-surgical orthopaedists will staff the clinic. “We look forward to welcoming a new demographic of people to our downtown campus and will be sure to showcase our pediatric services to this population who may have children or grandchildren,” said Michael Sullivan.

  • As the volume of patient visits quickly returns to pre-pandemic levels, we are excited to welcome more providers to our DTLA campus. With the aim of continuing to provide high-quality, patient-centered care, Dr. Emily Miller and Dr. Maya Newman have joined the physician rotation.

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  • UCLA has appointed our very own Dr. Nicholas Bernthal as the permanent Chair of the UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Bernthal brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this prestigious role and is poised to lead the department to new heights in patient care, research, and education. We are particularly excited to announce that he will be the first chair in the history of the department with a pediatric practice.

  • One among just a few hundred healthcare institutions nationwide, LuskinOIC’s Pediatric Urgent Care Center was recognized with the Human Experience Guardian of Excellence Award by Press Ganey. Our Center ranked in the top 5% of 41,000 healthcare institutions in delivering optimal patient experience last year. We are endlessly proud of the outstanding work LuskinOIC professionals accomplish every day, despite the widespread challenges particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • The Harbison Radiology department received the Outstanding Clinical Site Award in Medical Imaging from the College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University (CDU). Under the leadership of LuskinOIC Medical Director Dr. Mauricio Silva, MD, and Radiology Manager Thomas Tamayo, RT, the department prides itself in aiming to capture perfect imaging that directly contributes to the excellent care of children and youth patients.

  • The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) renewed the accreditation of our Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) following a rigorous review of our outcomes, policies and practices. Founded in 1979, the AAAHC are the leaders in developing to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education, and research.

  • LuskinOIC’s Dr. Rachel Thompson was awarded POSNA’s Roshen N. Irani Research Training Grant for her proposal on “The Role of Social Determinants in Return to Activity Following Fractures.” Dr. Thompson’s research will study the differences in physical activity levels in children from different socioeconomic backgrounds months after recovering from a fracture injury.

  • Over the years, Orthopaedic Hemophilia Treatment Center (OHTC) has been involved in gene therapy trials for hemophilia A and B, serving as a clinical trial site for the recruitment of patients. Results from these trials were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine with OHTC’s Medical Director, Dr. Doris Quon, included in the authorship.

  • Twice a year, Medical Director Dr. Silva holds telehealth screening clinics for tens of prospective patients in the International Children’s Program (ICP). This initial screening process proves indispensable in assessing which patients will be admitted to the program to receive much needed musculoskeletal treatment and care.

  • The UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery opened an Adult Orthopaedic Clinic on LuskinOIC’s downtown campus this month. Five surgeons and five non-surgical orthopaedists will staff the clinic. “We look forward to welcoming a new demographic of people to our downtown campus and will be sure to showcase our pediatric services to this population who may have children or grandchildren,” said Michael Sullivan.

  • As the volume of patient visits quickly returns to pre-pandemic levels, we are excited to welcome more providers to our DTLA campus. With the aim of continuing to provide high-quality, patient-centered care, Dr. Emily Miller and Dr. Maya Newman have joined the physician rotation.


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  • Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Thompson, Director for the UCLA/LuskinOIC Center for Cerebral Palsy and the Residency Program director of the UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, who was named a Women of Influence in Health Care by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Under Dr. Thompson's leadership, LuskinOIC has hosted an annual, one-day educational program for professionals and patients with cerebral palsy and their families and caretakers.

  • LuskinOIC awarded $65,000 in college scholarships this year to Ortho High students and patients through its Bonter Scholarship Fund. In addition, LuskinOIC Director Craig Ehrlich has generously invested $15,000 in LuskinOIC’s work with Ortho High to support its students. Expressing their enthusiastic support for the students, Advisory Council Member and Bonter Scholarship Chair, Jonathan Lopez, and Craig Ehrlich, attended the Ortho High’s Scholarship Night to present each student with their awards.

  • The Wilson-Bost Interurban Orthopaedic Society conference gathered more than 60 program chairs and orthopaedic leaders from across the state, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Shriners Hospitals for Children, among others. During the afternoon session at LuskinOIC’s DTLA campus, Dr. Nicholas Bernthal emphasized how pivotal the coupling of innovative thinking and strategic organization remains to promote patient-centered and outcome-driven care in orthopaedics. Dr. Mauricio Silva focused on the strategies to build a high-performing musculoskeletal emergency department. Dr. Edward Ebramzadeh discussed lessons learned from 10 years of studying metal-on-metal hip replacement retrievals. And Dr. Tony Scaduto closed the conference with a presentation on mission-based orthopaedics in a value-based world.

  • The excitement was palpable inside the Luck Family Conference Center at LuskinOIC’s inaugural summer camp for children with Cerebral Palsy. This three-day adventure, held August 2–4, proved a memorable experience for both the campers and their families, which envisioned to not only engage attendees in many sports activities, but also to create core memories and foster a growing sense of community.

  • NIL (Name, Likeness, & Image) partnerships are relatively new arrangements allowed in collegiate athletics, and so we are excited to announce that UCLA has approved our plan to partner with players from the UCLA Women’s Basketball team. Special thanks goes to LuskinOIC Director, Craig Ehrlich, for funding this initiative.

  • After two years of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the frontlines, community healthcare workers are receiving the recognition they deserve. Last year, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 204, a legislation that grants a $1,000 retention auxiliary to every community health clinic employee. Many such dedicated healthcare professionals belong to LuskinOIC, and we are pleased to join the state to recognize our personnel’s peerless commitment to the community.

  • A calendar year of engagement was highlighted by LuskinOIC’s growing partnerships with Angel City Sports (founded by World Champion Para-Athlete and LuskinOIC Patient Ambassador Ezra Frech) and the Triumph Foundation, a local Southern California high impact nonprofit dedicated to providing resources to those who have had their life affected by paralysis. LuskinOIC is thrilled to support Thrive Adaptive, an organization that aims to bridge the education gap for clinical professionals and medical students.

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  • Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Thompson, Director for the UCLA/LuskinOIC Center for Cerebral Palsy and the Residency Program director of the UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, who was named a Women of Influence in Health Care by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Under Dr. Thompson's leadership, LuskinOIC has hosted an annual, one-day educational program for professionals and patients with cerebral palsy and their families and caretakers.

  • LuskinOIC awarded $65,000 in college scholarships this year to Ortho High students and patients through its Bonter Scholarship Fund. In addition, LuskinOIC Director Craig Ehrlich has generously invested $15,000 in LuskinOIC’s work with Ortho High to support its students. Expressing their enthusiastic support for the students, Advisory Council Member and Bonter Scholarship Chair, Jonathan Lopez, and Craig Ehrlich, attended the Ortho High’s Scholarship Night to present each student with their awards.

  • The Wilson-Bost Interurban Orthopaedic Society conference gathered more than 60 program chairs and orthopaedic leaders from across the state, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Shriners Hospitals for Children, among others. During the afternoon session at LuskinOIC’s DTLA campus, Dr. Nicholas Bernthal emphasized how pivotal the coupling of innovative thinking and strategic organization remains to promote patient-centered and outcome-driven care in orthopaedics. Dr. Mauricio Silva focused on the strategies to build a high-performing musculoskeletal emergency department. Dr. Edward Ebramzadeh discussed lessons learned from 10 years of studying metal-on-metal hip replacement retrievals. And Dr. Tony Scaduto closed the conference with a presentation on mission-based orthopaedics in a value-based world.

  • The excitement was palpable inside the Luck Family Conference Center at LuskinOIC’s inaugural summer camp for children with Cerebral Palsy. This three-day adventure, held August 2–4, proved a memorable experience for both the campers and their families, which envisioned to not only engage attendees in many sports activities, but also to create core memories and foster a growing sense of community.

  • NIL (Name, Likeness, & Image) partnerships are relatively new arrangements allowed in collegiate athletics, and so we are excited to announce that UCLA has approved our plan to partner with players from the UCLA Women’s Basketball team. Special thanks goes to LuskinOIC Director, Craig Ehrlich, for funding this initiative.

  • After two years of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the frontlines, community healthcare workers are receiving the recognition they deserve. Last year, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 204, a legislation that grants a $1,000 retention auxiliary to every community health clinic employee. Many such dedicated healthcare professionals belong to LuskinOIC, and we are pleased to join the state to recognize our personnel’s peerless commitment to the community.

  • A calendar year of engagement was highlighted by LuskinOIC’s growing partnerships with Angel City Sports (founded by World Champion Para-Athlete and LuskinOIC Patient Ambassador Ezra Frech) and the Triumph Foundation, a local Southern California high impact nonprofit dedicated to providing resources to those who have had their life affected by paralysis. LuskinOIC is thrilled to support Thrive Adaptive, an organization that aims to bridge the education gap for clinical professionals and medical students.


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  • On June 10th, 600 guests joined LuskinOIC leadership at Universal Studios Hollywood for LuskinOIC’s annual Stand for Kids Gala, raising an impressive $1.26M. Experiences like the 2023 Stand for Kids Gala, along with the fulfillment of ensuring equity in care for all children, remain possible because of the unwavering support from donors, volunteers, staff, and board members. It was a memorable evening that will have a life-changing impact for years to come.

  • Michael Sullivan, Vice President of LuskinOIC, was recognized in September as a Leader of Influence in Philanthropy by the Los Angeles Business Journal. After joining LuskinOIC in 2013, he led the transformation of the Institute’s image, raised record amounts of support, and deepened community engagement initiatives. His leadership, dedication, and strategic vision have driven our organization’s philanthropy over the past 10 years.

  • LuskinOIC is thrilled to announce it has received a historic $500,000 grant from The Ahmanson Foundation. This latest grant, the largest to date from the Foundation in its 47-year relationship with LuskinOIC, will pay for a significant portion of necessary physical plant improvements.

  • LuskinOIC received a generous $200,000 grant from The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. The Parsons Foundation improves the well-being of residents of Los Angeles County through responsive grantmaking in support of human services, civic and cultural, education, and health. LuskinOIC has partnered with Parsons for 37 years, and this is the second-largest gift we have received to date.

  • Our long-time partners at the QueensCare Foundation have made their largest grant to date with a $100,000 gift for our Pediatric Urgent Care Center with a special focus on our excellent trauma care. QueensCare’s mission is to support quality healthcare for low-income families. The chair of QueensCare’s Grants Committee visited with us in late 2022 and was quite impressed with the extraordinary care the staff of the LuskinOIC Pediatric Urgent Care Center provides.

  • Starlight Children’s Foundation continues to support LuskinOIC’s daily clinics and signature events, such as our annual Toys & Joy Holiday Party, with generous donations of toys, mobile game stations, and books. Using these diverse toys, our staff and volunteers welcome and engage patients with a mission to help them with pain management, physical therapy, and emotional support.

  • We are proud to announce that Google has awarded LuskinOIC a $120,000 grant to advertise on its platform. The Google Ad Grants program affords mission-based organizations like LuskinOIC many significant benefits by enabling us to raise awareness, engage supporters, and drive meaningful actions without the financial burden of ad expenses.

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  • On June 10th, 600 guests joined LuskinOIC leadership at Universal Studios Hollywood for LuskinOIC’s annual Stand for Kids Gala, raising an impressive $1.26M. Experiences like the 2023 Stand for Kids Gala, along with the fulfillment of ensuring equity in care for all children, remain possible because of the unwavering support from donors, volunteers, staff, and board members. It was a memorable evening that will have a life-changing impact for years to come.

  • Michael Sullivan, Vice President of LuskinOIC, was recognized in September as a Leader of Influence in Philanthropy by the Los Angeles Business Journal. After joining LuskinOIC in 2013, he led the transformation of the Institute’s image, raised record amounts of support, and deepened community engagement initiatives. His leadership, dedication, and strategic vision have driven our organization’s philanthropy over the past 10 years.

  • LuskinOIC is thrilled to announce it has received a historic $500,000 grant from The Ahmanson Foundation. This latest grant, the largest to date from the Foundation in its 47-year relationship with LuskinOIC, will pay for a significant portion of necessary physical plant improvements.

  • LuskinOIC received a generous $200,000 grant from The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. The Parsons Foundation improves the well-being of residents of Los Angeles County through responsive grantmaking in support of human services, civic and cultural, education, and health. LuskinOIC has partnered with Parsons for 37 years, and this is the second-largest gift we have received to date.

  • Our long-time partners at the QueensCare Foundation have made their largest grant to date with a $100,000 gift for our Pediatric Urgent Care Center with a special focus on our excellent trauma care. QueensCare’s mission is to support quality healthcare for low-income families. The chair of QueensCare’s Grants Committee visited with us in late 2022 and was quite impressed with the extraordinary care the staff of the LuskinOIC Pediatric Urgent Care Center provides.

  • Starlight Children’s Foundation continues to support LuskinOIC’s daily clinics and signature events, such as our annual Toys & Joy Holiday Party, with generous donations of toys, mobile game stations, and books. Using these diverse toys, our staff and volunteers welcome and engage patients with a mission to help them with pain management, physical therapy, and emotional support.

  • We are proud to announce that Google has awarded LuskinOIC a $120,000 grant to advertise on its platform. The Google Ad Grants program affords mission-based organizations like LuskinOIC many significant benefits by enabling us to raise awareness, engage supporters, and drive meaningful actions without the financial burden of ad expenses.