Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian recently received a $2.25 million gift from philanthropists Mary and Dick Allen, Margaret and Tom Larkin and the George Hoag Family Foundation to establish an endowed chair in honor of Dr. Kris V. Iyer, the hospital announced this week.
Iyer, an endocrinologist and executive medical director of the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag, works to improve the treatment of those living with diabetes. Charles W. Smith, executive director of the George Hoag Family Foundation, said Iyer encompasses compassion and leadership.
“Dr. Iyer’s dedication to Hoag Hospital, along with his heart for the community and the compassionate care he provides his patients are extraordinary," Smith said. "He is a true asset to Hoag Hospital and the community. We thank him for his continued leadership at Hoag and his friendship throughout the years.”
Iyer, who is also a Type 1 diabetic, said he is overwhelmed by the gift.
“To be thought of by friends, colleagues and Hoag supporters as somebody who is worthy of this honor is a very humbling experience,” Iyer said in a released statement. “This endowed chair carries responsibilities of reciprocating the honor and trust bestowed upon the chair holder.”
The Larkins said they have seen Iyer grow the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center into a "center of excellence for diabetes care."
“We have a sincere appreciation and admiration of Dr. Iyer’s dedication to his work and we cherish him as a physician, friend and community leader,” Margaret Larkin said.
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