Gift from Jim and Judy Baum creates City of Hope professorship in women’s cancers

July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016    

Letisia Marquez
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Joanne Mortimer, M.D., director of Women’s Cancers Program, selected as first recipient

DUARTE, Calif. — A $1 million gift from Jim and Judy Baum has established an endowed professorship in the Women’s Cancers Program at City of Hope. The new professorship will be used to advance research, education and clinical activities in support of treatment for women’s cancers.

Joanne Mortimer, M.D., director of City of Hope’s Women’s Cancers Program and vice chair and professor in the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, has been named the first Baum Family Professorship in Women’s Cancers. The professorship recognizes Mortimer’s significant contributions to developing an outstanding Women’s Cancers Program, and provides a foundation for her future research and treatment advances.

“City of Hope is extremely grateful for the Baum family’s generosity and their commitment to our clinical programs, which have such a profound impact on our patients,” said Robert W. Stone, president and chief executive officer of City of Hope. “Thanks to the Baum family, City of Hope will continue pursuing critical, leading-edge research that allows us to deliver compassionate care and lifesaving treatments for women’s cancers.”

“The Baum family is delighted to support Dr. Mortimer’s dedication to providing the best treatment and care for patients battling breast and gynecological cancers,” said Jim Baum, retired president of Dwight C. Baum Investments in Pasadena, California. “Our family knows firsthand the outstanding, patient-focused care that each and every person receives at City of Hope.”    

When Lauren Baum Nollette, the daughter of Jim and Judy Baum, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28, she came to City of Hope for treatment. Under the care of Mortimer and Benjamin Paz, M.D., she had a lumpectomy and five months of chemotherapy before she ultimately opted for a double mastectomy to give her the best chance of warding off future tumors.

Three years later, Jim Baum was diagnosed with an extremely rare sarcoma in his pectoral muscle, and also received treatment at City of Hope.

“The amount of gratitude we have for City of Hope and our doctors is immense,” Lauren said in a 2012 City of Hope story. “We feel that we owe City of Hope our lives.”  

In honor of City of Hope, Lauren also named her daughter Jillian Hope.

Mortimer received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and has more than three decades of experience in medical oncology. She joined City of Hope in 2007. Listed numerous times as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, Mortimer’s research examines how hormones affect normal and tumor cells. As director of the Women's Cancers Program, Mortimer brings together scientists from across disciplines who aim to prevent cancer, develop better treatments and help survivors live full, healthy lives.

The Baum family has previously made several donations, including one to support the work of Dan Raz, M.D., co-director of City of Hope’s Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program. Raz was Jim Baum’s thoracic surgeon.

About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

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