PNI Foundation

Partners in Neuroscience Philanthropy

Partners in Neuroscience Institute

About Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation

The PNI Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, was created by the PNI Founders in order to promote advances in neuroscience clinical care and research through novel treatment approaches that optimize brain health and quality of life; to train the next generation of neuroscientists and clinicians, and to educate patients and the community at large on vital neuroscience issues.

About the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation

The Saint John’s Health Center (SJHC) Foundation is a separate tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation whose purpose is to advance the mission and goals of Providence Saint John’s Health Center, including affiliated or connected programs with Providence Saint John’s Health Center, like PNI, through leadership and philanthropic support. 

PNI Foundation is grateful for the support from and close collaboration with the SJHC Foundation and its commitment toward improving the lives of PNI’s current and future patients.

About the SJHC Foundation & PNI Foundation Partnership

The SJHC Foundation has provided critical seed funding and ongoing support for the creation and growth of PNI clinical and research programs and its 9 Centers of Excellence. This partnership began in 2014 with the purchase by SJHCF of the landmark building at 2125 Arizona, which has become the PNI outpatient clinic at Saint John’s Health Center. The SJHC Foundation also provided generous 3-year start-up funding in 2017, to help PNI Foundation address the growing need for innovative neuroscience solutions in our community and beyond. In 2018, the SJHC Foundation also provided important seed funding for the development of our Pacific Brain Health Center which has grown dramatically in clinical care provided and in research and clinical trials. This essential and fruitful ongoing partnership is one of the keys to the success of PNI and its support of the neurosciences.  

In addition to the foundational initial support of PNI, the SJHC Foundation provides the development staffing support for the PNI Foundation and helps raise money through individuals, foundations and other charitable sources for multiple areas of need at PNI including: 

  • Fueling innovative, translational and clinical research projects 
  • Clinical trials support
  • Database building and research infrastructure support
  • Neuroanatomical skills laboratory 
  • Fellowship training 
  • Faculty recruitment and development 
  • Patient education and community outreach materials 

The PNI and SJHC Foundations also collaborate closely with the Saint John’s Cancer Institute to advance the care of patients with primary and metastatic brain tumors, other neurological diseases, and to support training and education in neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and related disciplines.

Working together, the PNI Foundation and SJHC Foundation aim to profoundly change the standard of care and enhance the quality of life for patients with these daunting neuroscience conditions.

Supporting PNI Neuroscience Research, Education and Teaching 

SJHCF seeks donations for PNI from individuals, foundations, philanthropic corporations and other philanthropic sources. For more information about how you can support PNI, please contact the following: 

For donation inquiries:

Pam Solomon Headshot

Pamela Solomon
Director, Development
O: 310-829-8466 |  C: 310-699-7794

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Meghan K. Chereck 
Director, Development 
O: 310-829-8394  |  C: 310-694-7722

Saint John’s Health Center Foundation
2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

All donations to support PNI are tax-deductible and pass through the SJHC Foundation who holds the money in PNIF’s beneficial interest in support of PNI programs. 

For information about research collaborations, education, or training with PNI faculty, please contact:

Melissa B. Coleman, Esq.
Vice President, PNIF

Thank You to Our Donors

Donations to the SJHCF and PNI make our mission possible. Thank you for all you do to support Pacific Neuroscience Institute.

Our ability to accelerate progress in prevention, treatment, and research across the neurosciences is made possible because of your ongoing friendship and support.

Your gifts help pave the way for us to revolutionize the neurosciences and to create lasting changes that will advance one of the final frontiers of medicine.

The PNI/SJCI Multidisciplinary Neuroanatomy and Surgical Skills Laboratory is sponsored by Karl Storz Endoskope North America, Stryker Corporation, Mizuho Medical Company Ltd., Surgical West Inc. and Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Generous funding is provided by Mr. and Mrs. J. Jeffrey Assaf, Mrs. Carol Lee Karlin, Peter Douglas of the Peter Douglas Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Westervelt, Lisa and Steve Nesbitt, and Donna Schweers and Tom Geiser.

The surgical skills lab is located in the Saint John’s Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Under the direction of Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, the lab serves as a premier research and teaching facility with a mission that extends beyond brain surgery to encompass multidisciplinary specialties.

The lab goals are four-fold:

  1. Educating clinical fellows, both nationally and internationally.
  2. Advancing surgical approaches.
  3. Developing new surgical products.
  4. Providing advanced education to established surgeons worldwide through conferences and symposia.

PNI faculty members conduct neurosurgical anatomy courses that demonstrate techniques and tools used in minimally invasive surgical approaches for brain, skull base and pituitary tumor removal.

This state-of-the-art space is the site of practice and observational opportunities for visiting faculty, clinical and international research fellows, and interns. Lab manager, Josh Emerson, provides guidance with dissections. He also serves as PNI’s medical illustrator and animator.More information on conducting private neuro-anatomy surgical training courses, can be found on the Fellowships & Training page.

PNI Foundation’s Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP) accepts your generous monetary and device donations. We have partnered with industry sponsors to provide the necessary services to clean and prepare recycled hearing aids for a new life of use. Your support allows us to mold, fit and refurbish hearing aids for people with limited financial resources to hearing-related care.

Sponsored by Su-Z & Ted Schneider

Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP)

PNIF Board of Directors/Leadership

Dr. Kelly visiting with his senior patient
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Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation
1301 20th St., #250
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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