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June 29, 2017

Pacific Neuroscience Institute Joins Forces With Providence

by Zara Jethani

Pacific Neuroscience Institute affiliates with Providence Health & Services Saint John’s Medical Foundation

SANTA MONICA (June 29, 2017) – Providence Health & Services announced today a new affiliation with Pacific Neuroscience Institute, a multispecialty group of more than 30 physicians and researchers renowned for providing cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatments, as well as conducting breakthrough research and clinical trials to advance the care of patients with neurological and cranial disorders.

The physicians of PNI will join the Saint John’s Medical Foundation, which is composed of Westside physician groups with a range of specialties who practice at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. The new PNI Clinic is currently under construction at 2125 Arizona Ave., adjacent to Providence Saint John’s Health Center and is expected to be open in early 2018.

PNI physicians also will  provide neurosurgery, interventional neuro-radiology and neuro-oncology inpatient care and emergency stroke center services, as well as operate an outpatient clinic at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance.

Dr. Chester ,Griffiths, Dr. Howard Krauss, Dr. Daniel Kelly, Erik Wexler & Dr. Santosh Kesari
Dr. Chester Griffiths, Dr. Howard Krauss, Dr. Daniel Kelly, Erik Wexler & Dr. Santosh Kesari

“Our partnership with PNI brings a team of extraordinary specialists, their state-of-the-art facilities and their globally recognized research to Providence Saint John’s and its Saint John’s Cancer Institute, and to our South Bay hospitals,” said Erik Wexler, chief executive, Providence St. Joseph Health, Los Angeles Region. “More importantly, they will participate in our Neuroscience Clinical Institute, which serves across the seven-state Providence St. Joseph Health system to advance treatment and improve outcomes for patients with complex neurological disorders.”

PNI is a leader in neurosciences, operating eight centers of excellence:

“Our PNI clinicians and researchers have a long and fruitful relationship with Providence Saint John’s, the Saint John’s Cancer Institute and the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation, and we are excited to build upon this decade-long collaboration,” said Daniel F. Kelly, M.D., neurosurgeon and director of PNI and its Brain Tumor and Pituitary Disorders Centers. “By affiliating with Providence, we greatly strengthen our ability to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for our patients, while developing novel treatments for the future.”

Dr. Kelly’s PNI co-founders include Chester F. Griffiths, M.D., FACS, a head and neck, and ear, nose and throat surgeon; neuroscientist and neuro-oncologist Santosh Kesari, M.D., Ph.D., and surgical neuro-ophthalmologist Howard R. Krauss, M.D.

“We are delighted that these affiliations support and expand our vision and mission to improve and develop new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities across a wide spectrum of the neurosciences so as to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the sensory and neurologic well-being of the patients and families we serve and the patients of physicians throughout the world who value our collaboration,” says Dr. Krauss, co-director of the Pacific Eye, Ear and Skull Base Center.

Dr. Griffiths, emphasizes, “Our collaboration with Providence Health Systems will facilitate the delivery of our expertise to patients throughout Southern California, the Pacific region, nationally and internationally. We share the compassionate mission to care for all patients as if they are our family. This is truly an exciting day for the Pacific Neuroscience Institute team.”

“We are all thrilled to work together as a team to give patients in Southern California with deadly neurological and oncological diseases the highest quality of clinical care. We continue to grow our pipeline of cutting-edge clinical trials, developing new drugs, and innovating new diagnostics and neurotechnologies. Our goal is to accelerate the transformation of the standard of care for brain cancers, dementia and stroke while preserving and improving brain health” says Dr. Kesari, director of the Pacific Neuroscience Research Center.

Marcel Loh

“This new affiliation with PNI propels Providence in its continuing strategy to build expertise in the neurosciences across Southern California advancing research, technology, innovation and quality patient care,” said Marcel Loh, chief executive, Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Providence has more than 500 affiliated physicians from the South Bay to Santa Clarita who are aligned with the six Los Angeles Area Providence medical centers. This new affiliation will equip PNI with a management services program to provide operating and administrative support for clinical operations.


About Providence Health & Services:
Providence Health & Services, Southern California, is a Catholic not-for-profit, mission-driven healthcare system. Providence Southern California operates six award-winning hospitals and a comprehensive, fully-integrated network of primary care clinics, urgent care centers, home care, TrinityCare and TrinityKids Care hospice as well as Providence High School. Providence is anchored locally by Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in Torrance and San Pedro. With more than 3,400 physicians, Providence provides coordinated primary and specialty care through an array of physician groups and individual providers including Providence Medical Institute and physician groups in the South Bay, the West Valley and Santa Clarita. Providence affiliate, Facey Medical Group, provides primary and specialized care in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and Simi Valley. In 2016, Providence joined with Saint Joseph Health System to create a new, seven-state organization, Providence Saint Joseph Health.

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About Pacific Neuroscience Institute:

Pacific Neuroscience Institute is devoted to the comprehensive care of patients with a wide spectrum of neurological and cranial disorders including brain; skull base and pituitary tumors; stroke and related neurovascular diseases; adult hydrocephalus; vision, hearing and sinonasal disorders; facial pain syndromes; and movement disorders. Based at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, PNI has more than 30 physician specialists and researchers collaborating across multiple disciplines including neuro-surgery, neuro-oncology, endocrinology, ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology), stroke and general neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, interventional neuro-radiology, radiation oncology, neuro-anesthesia and neuro-pathology. Our team approach ensures each patient receives the comprehensive attention required for successful treatment and recovery. In collaboration with Saint John’s Cancer Institute, our PNI team of neuroscientists is advancing future treatments in neuro-oncology and stroke with cutting-edge research and clinical trials.

CONTACT: Zara Jethani  |  PHONE: 310-582-7640

Adapted from press release June 29, 2017.

About the Author

Zara Jethani, MS, MBA

Zara Jethani

Zara is the marketing director at Pacific Neuroscience Institute. Her background is in molecular genetics research and healthcare marketing. In addition, she is a graphic designer with more than 20 years experience in the healthcare, education and entertainment industries.

Last updated: May 6th, 2021