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Officers

  • Nancy Mishkin Chairman of the Board
    Nancy MishkinNancy was born in Germany, the child of two Holocaust survivors. Barely two years old when her family immigrated to the United States, Nancy learned to view America from the divergent perspectives of an immigrant and a native as her family built a new life deep in the heart of Texas. The family later moved to Los Angeles where Mrs. Mishkin lives today.

    Mrs. Mishkin began studying sculpting in the late 1980’s and discovered she had a natural talent for it. She channeled her emotional sincerity into breathtaking studies of the female form. What started as just another hobby, grew into an obsession. As sculptures began to fill her home, she expanded her expertise from female nudes to portraiture. Soon she had her own studio built to accommodate her needs as an artist. As Thomas Edison once said, “Genius is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration”. Nancy is tireless in the betterment of her art; she even studies biology and physics to determine realistic proportions and positions to express her ideas. She travels around the world to study with some of the finest sculptors alive. Nancy’s hard work has paid off. She is now frequently commissioned by individuals and foundations throughout Southern California.

    She is a board member for the Blue Ribbon Music Center and the Sonance House Ear Institute, and has served in the past on The Children’s Burn Foundation Board. She is the chairman of the Board for Beit T’Shuvah, a residential drug rehabilitation facility.

    Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and art, as well as a teaching credential from CSUN. She has been married to Jack Mishkin for 35 years and has 2 children, both married and residing in Los Angeles. Her hobbies include bridge and needlepoint.
  • Solomon Hamburg, MD, PhD President
    Solomon Hamburg, MD, PhDDr. Solomon Hamburg was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and attended New York University for undergraduate studies. In 1974 he entered N.Y.U. Medical School in the combined M.D. and Ph.D. program designed for students with a special interest in medical research. In 1981, he completed this program having received three degrees, M.S. (masters), Ph.D. and M.D. During this period, he published five papers and wrote two lengthy reviews of various aspects of his basic research. Subsequently, internship and residency training in Internal Medicine were completed at Cornell Medical Center (New York Hospital). Between 1984 and 1987 he completed a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. At UCLA, he became interested and involved with the emerging field of bone marrow transplantation and performed additional training in this discipline. He brought this expertise to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1988, where he initially was co-director of the Bone Marrow Transplant program. His medical practice has flourished in all aspects of hematology and oncology, and he has particular interests in hepatobiliary cancer, lung cancer, and brain tumors.

    Sol has many outside interests that occupy his time. He is an accomplished musician and plays piano, saxophone and guitar, although jazz and rock guitar are his specialties. He enjoys travel and has been on several trips to very distant and interesting places, such as Nepal and the Amazon. He is very close to his parents, both Holocaust survivors, who are very active despite their advanced ages. He is married to Cynthia and has a son Ethan and daughter Emilia.
  • Fred Rosenfelt, MD VP Scientific Affairs
    Fred Rosenfelt, MDDr. Fred Rosenfelt was born in upstate New York and raised on the East Coast. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University and Honor graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. His internship, residency, and oncology fellowship were performed at the Stanford University Medical Center. While at Stanford, Dr. Rosenfelt was an active participant in their research program. This experience was the foundation for his interest in lymphoma, which has continued. He is a co-founder of the Southern California Medical Group. In 1979, he joined a three-physician group, which eventually merged with another to form the nucleus of Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group.

    Although Dr. Rosenfelt has expertise in all facets of hematology and oncology, he has maintained a special interest and become a recognized expert in Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The first of many publications in this field appeared in 1979 and he has authored several publications on other cancerous diseases such as lung and prostate cancer.

    In addition to his clinical appointments, Dr. Rosenfelt maintains a number of professional affiliations. He is an active member of:

    -American College of Physicians, Fellow
    -Southern California Association of Oncologists
    -American Society of Clinical Oncologists
    -Southern California Lymphoma Group
    -American Board of Internal Medicine

    These accomplishments aside, Dr. Rosenfelt has many interests outside of medicine- the most important of which relate to his family. He is very proud of his two daughters; Stacey is a successful movie producer with two children(Andrew and Molly) and Lisa a PH.d candidate in the neurosciences. He is equally proud of his wife Nancy's successful career as the Director of Summitview Schools for children with learning disorders. His leisure time activities include extensive reading-not only books, but also as a self-admitted "newshound". He enjoys classical music, travel, and running. Through the years, Dr. Rosenfelt has competed over thirty marathons and jogs on a regular basis.
  • David Ruderman Treasurer
    David RudermanDavid P. Ruderman is a native Californian and Past Chairman of Tower Cancer Research Foundation's Board of Directors. In 2001, he and his late wife, Judy, served on the Foundation's first Board of Directors and helped to lay the groundwork for the Foundation.

    David attended the University of Southern California where he received a degree in Finance. His experiences at USC were extremely positive and fostered a lifelong loyalty that is manifested by the many areas of service and support he continues to offer to his alma mater. This includes involvement in such USC activities as Commerce Associates, the Marshall School of Business, the School of Pharmacy, School of Gerontology and as a Presidential Associate. Also, he is an enthusiastic supporter of USC athletic programs, and occasionally has enjoyed traveling with the Trojan football team.

    David also maintains participation in a variety of civic activities including being a member of the Board of Directors of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, a founding board member of Beit T'Shuvah, a trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation, past president of the Academy of Finance of Los Angeles and past president of Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center.

    His interest in finance led to a successful fifty two year career as a stockbroker. Currently, he is a Senior Vice-President/Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC., which he joined in 1975. He is proud to have had one of his sons join him as a partner in the brokerage business. Mixed within his busy schedule, David finds time to try to perfect his golf game and support various other interests.

    David is married to Anne Cohen Ruderman and together they have four grown children and two grandchildren. They enjoy travel and a very active social schedule.
  • Elizabeth Drucker Secretary
    Elizabeth Drucker Elizabeth was born in Watsonville, California and has one brother who passed away from cancer. She worked in nuclear medicine at Cedars of Lebanon and Midway Hospital from 1966-1970 and then moved into the record business working with a division of Atlantic Records and Bell Records. She has been married to Morley for over 36 years and they have four children, Elana, Pamela, Loraina, and Matt. As well as three grandsons Casey, Michael and Luke. Elizabeth’s hobbies include reading, needlepoint, and traveling. She is an active supporter and member of the Children’s Burn Foundation, the UCLA auxiliary, Circle of Majesty.
  • Abby Levy Past Chairman of the Board
    Abby Levy Abby was born and raised on the East coast, earning her BA in English from the University of Maryland. She taught high school English and Journalism in New Jersey for several years. In 1968, Abby married Alan D. Levy and together they have two beautiful daughters, Jennifer and Jackie, and Jackie's wonderful husband, Phil Kubel, has now joined the family

    In 1969, Abby and Alan moved to Los Angeles where Abby continued her community involvement first by becoming active in Westlake School's Parent Committee, chairing the Marshall center Opening Campaign and then expanding her involvement to the arts and the healthcare community.

    Abby has served as president of the American Art Council and has been a member of its Steering Committee at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1985 to the present . She has chaired Art of the Palate, a major LACMA fundraiser, and served as a LACMA Trustee for many years. Abby also co-chaired the 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner 2004, NYC, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Abby's hobbies include the daily NY Times crossword puzzle, needlepoint, painting china, arranging flowers, and collecting antiques. Together the Levys collect American art.

    Abby has been a member of the board of Women's Guild, Cedars Sinai Medical Center for 20 years and served as its president from 1998-2002. She has also volunteered at The Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center, A Project of Women's Guild, a facility that was dedicated during her presidency.

    Abby's primary focus is the field of women's health and enabling women to be proactive with their health issues through education, accessible information and specialized care. More specifically, as a two time survivor of Breast Cancer, it is her desire to help breast cancer patients conquer their fears, achieve a positive attitude, and get through their chemotherapy and radiation treatments with the least anxiety possible.

    Abby was the first recipient of Tower Cancer Research Foundation's Humanitarian Award in 2004, afterwhich she and her husband, Alan, joined the Board of Directors at TCRF.

Board Members

  • Karen Rosenfelt Blancato
    image not availableKaren Rosenfelt is a film producer based at Twentieth Century Fox, where she has produced such features as "The Devil Wears Prada", "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "Marley & Me", "Percy Jackson & the Olympians", and "The Big Year." She is also serving as a Producer of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga" franchise, based on Stephanie Meyer's hugely popular book series.
    For 16 years, Rosenfelt was a creative production executive at Paramount, where she oversaw live-action features including "The First Wives Club", "Indecent Proposal", "Runaway Bride", "Save the Last Dance", "Coach Carter" and "Mean Girls".

    She was instrumental in setting up Paramount's partnership with Nickelodeon Movies, overseeing the film adaptations of the Nickelodeon television properties "Rugrats" and "SpongeBob SquarePants", as well as the best-selling children's book "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events".

    Rosenfelt began her career at ICM, as an assistant to talent agent Sue Mengers. She went on to become a creative executive at Jerry Weintraub Productions and a senior vice president at MGM.
  • Hilton Chodorow
    image not availableHilton Chodorow as been a member of the Board of Directors at Tower Cancer Research Foundation since 2010.
  • Linda Levenson Delsack
    Linda Levenson Delsack Linda was born, raised, and educated in Southern California. She attended Pierce College and Long Beach State and graduated with a certificate in Medical Office Management from Lawton. Her employment career includes fifteen years as the Office Manager for her father, Sydney T. Levenson, M. D., who was a prominent, and one of the first, allergists in Los Angeles. During that time she became involved with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, LA Chapter, and ran the Country Store for its annual fund raiser auctions.

    From 1988 to 1994 Linda was employed as the office manager for Santa Monica Orthopedic Group in Santa Monica, a medical group consisting of seven orthopedic surgeons, a surgery center, physical therapy department and more than sixty professional and administrative support staff.

    Thereafter she moved to Newport Beach to be with her then fiancé, now husband, and became the office manager for Burr von Maur, M.D., a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Her duties included managing the office, the surgery center, the spa, and overseeing a professional, marketing, and support staff of fifteen. She also managed and successfully concluded the accreditation process of the surgery center from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

    In 2003 she and her husband moved back to Los Angeles, where she now manages his law practice. At about that time Linda’s sister, Candice Levenson, M.D., was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. Two years later she too was diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, her sister’s cancer metastasized to her liver and she passed away in November, 2005. She became a patient of Dr. McAndrews and during her treatment met Diane Cooke who became her Bosom Buddy. She was so impressed by the great support provided to breast cancer patients by the Bosom Buddies, that she volunteered and became a BB herself, and has had the honor and pleasure of being a Bosom Buddy for approximately the last two years.
  • Barbara Federman
    Barbara FedermanBarbara Federman was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her parents who moved west from New York, passed away when she was in her teens and left Mrs. Federman and her two sisters to watch over each other. Mrs. Federman attended Louis Pastuer Jr. High, Hamilton High School, then UC Berkeley and UCLA. After graduating from UCLA, Mrs. Federman taught world history at a mid-city junior high for five years.

    Mrs. Federman has been married to Jerry Federman for forty two years, and they have two children and six grandchildren. Dr. Federman practiced Gastroenterology for over thirty years .Their daughter Amanda, and her husband Jeff are physicians (infectious disease and oncology) in North Carolina while their son, Casey has his JD/MBA but is currently in real estate develpoment; his wife, Dana, is a homemaker caring for Dr. and Mrs. Federman’s six-year-old twin grandsons and two-year-old granddaughter.

    Mrs. Federman established her own immigration law practice in Beverly Hills in 1987. She is a certified specialist in immigration law, and her practice concentrates on clients in sports, business and entertainment industries. Mrs. Federman has been past Chair of the L.. A. County Bar Association Immigration Law Section and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Century City Bar Association. Previously, she was a member of the California State Advisory Commission on Immigration issues and has served as a Judge Pro Tem in Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles in Small Claims and Traffic Court for the past ten years.

    Mrs. Federman’s interests include interior design, architecture, golf, bridge as well as both college and professional football and basketball. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors at Brentwood Country Club, and has been the Chair of Social Activities for seven years. In addition, Mrs. Federman is thrilled to be on the Board of Directors as TCRF. As an eight-year Breast Cancer Survivor, she feels fortunate to serve on the Board and help TCRF raise funds for clinical research that could help her and others like her in the future.
  • Casey Federman
  • Jerry Federman, MD
    image not availableDr. Jerry Federman has been a member of the Board of Directors at Tower Cancer Research Foundation since 2008.
  • Brindell Gottlieb
    Brindell GottliebBrindell Gottlieb has been a member of the Board of Directors at Tower Cancer Research Foundation since 2010.
  • Randy Katz
    Randy KatzRandall (Randy) Katz is President and CEO of Milestone Entertainment, one of the world's leading developers of innovative, patented game concepts for use in all electronic media from television to mobile phones to the Internet. Milestone currently has projects in England, France, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Israel, Japan, as well as in the United States.Prior to founding Milestone, he held several key positions in the entertainment industry, including division President at Sony Pictures Columbia Tri-Star Television. He was also Vice President at legendary game show producer Mark Goodson Productions.In addition to his professional endeavors, Randy and his family are involved in a number of philanthropic efforts. A graduate of Yale University, Randy is Board Chair of UCLA´s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and serves as Vice-Chair on the board of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. The Katz Family Foundation is involved in a number of philanthropic activities including the establishment of Operation Mend. Randy has been married to his wife Kathy for 24 years, and they have two children Joe (age 13) and Sarah (age 10).
  • Russell Kern
  • Susan Krevoy, PhD
  • Ron Leibow
    image not availableRon Leibow has been a member of the Board of Directors at Tower Cancer Research Foundation since 2010.
  • Alan D. Levy
    Alan D. LevyAlan D. Levy has been a member of the Board of Directors at Tower Cancer Research Foundation, along with his wife, Abby Levy, since 2004.
  • Sally Magaram
    Sally MagaramSally Magaram was a radiology technician but has been retired for about 12 years and currently devotes her spare time to charity and fundraising work. She is married to Philip S. Magaram, a tax and estate planning attorney in Los Angeles. She has 2 step-children that are each married and a total of 4 grandchildren. Mrs. Magaram is an active member and a Vice Chair of the Board of Governors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she started a support group about 10 years ago with her sister for the neurology department called F.R.I.E.N.D.S. of Neurology due in large part to her late mother’s diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. She is also currently active in a group called Couples Against Leukemia which supports research for Ronald McDonald House at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles and works closely with Dr. Stuart Siegel. Both she and her husband have been active in the Arthritis Foundation of Southern California for many years.

    Her father and his two siblings, as well as her grandfather, all suffered from and died of cancer. When Sally’s dad passed away 6 years ago from lung cancer she wanted to get involved in a group that supports cancer research. When approached by Tower she jumped at the chance. Sally is proud to support the work of TCRF.
  • Jeanne Schnitzer Marks
    Jeanne Schnitzer MarksMs. Reynolds holds a BA degree from Lewis & Clark College, (1970) and a MS, Special Education, from Portland State University, (1972). She worked at a private reading/language skills clinic in Portland, Oregon for ten years and was the President for five of those years; she then migrated to Los Angeles in 1982.

    In Los Angeles, Jeanne served as an organizational consultant to a wide variety of businesses for over twelve years. She then worked for FTA, a marketing consulting firm in Beverly Hills, for five years, (1994-1999), in all aspects of organization, fundraising, consensus building and consulting.

    She is active in the community, having served as President of the Children's Museum Inner Circle and as a Director of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation.

    She is a former member of the Board of the American Jewish University and currently sits on the Academic Affairs Committee and is the creator and Chairperson of the University's Mentoring Program. From 2008-2010 Jeanne was Co-Chair of Today's and Tomorrow's Children's Fund at Mattel UCLA Children's Hospital (a targeted granting group). She is a member of The Board of Governors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Jeanne was a founding member, and is on the executive committee, of the Circle of Giving (a women's funds granting group) for the Women's Health Center at OHSU/Oregon Heath Sciences University.

    She is a member of the Board of Directors of Schnitzer Steel Industries, (SCHN, NASDAQ), serving since 1993. Jeanne was a Director of Schnitzer Investment Company from 1993-2005 and now sits on the Board as a non-voting Board member.
  • Philomena McAndrew, MD
    Philomena McAndrew, MDDr. Philomena McAndrew, a native of Philadelphia, attended Villanova University as an undergraduate and obtained her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Temple University Hospital and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at UCLA. She began her career in full time academic medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. In 1987, she entered into practice in the Cedars Sinai Community and became one of the founding members of Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group. Dr. McAndrew has been an investigator on several breast cancer studies, as her special interest is breast and other women's cancers.

    Dr. McAndrew has been involved in numerous hospital committees at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, including chairing the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, serving as the Clinical Vice-Chief of Medicine at Cedars Sinai and serving on the Cancer and the Medical Executive Committees. She is a member and Co-clinical director of Medical Oncology at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center a Center of Excellence at Cedars-Sinai. She has also served as a board member of several cancer-related charitable organizations, including the Wellness Community, the Lymphoma Research Foundation Medical Advisory Board and Research for Women's Cancer. In addition to maintaining a very active medical practice, she has been married for nearly forty years (to the same man!) and has two children. Dr. McAndrew's warmth, compassion, good humor, and devotion to her patients have made her much loved.
  • Sandra Stream Miller **
    image not availableSandra Stream Miller has been a member of the Board of Directors at Tower Cancer Research Foundation since 2001.
  • Jack Mishkin
    Jack MishkinMr. Mishkin obtained his degree from University of Northridge in Business Administration and Marketing. He used his educational background to start a carpet manufacturing business. From 1980 through 1991, he founded and served as managing partner and owner of Bentley Mills, creating the present day model for operating a high-end commercial carpet mill. His company grew from $0 to $150 million in nine years.

    From 1993 through 2000, Jack engineered a company restructuring of Montery Carpet and rescued the company from mediocrity. He successfully grew Monterey Carpets from 15 million to 80 million in seven years.

    From January 2004 through 2007 Mr. Mishkin founded J MISH INC., an extremely high end custom wool and branded nylon carpet and rug manufacturer and distributor, in Cartersville, GA. The company services the high end decorator supply, designer, and high end flooring dealer industries.

    He is married to Nancy Mishkin, has two children, Mark and Lauren, and four grandchildren.
  • Christopher Rose, MD
    Christopher Rose, MDDr. Christopher Rose is a board certified Radiation Oncologist and serves as Medical Director of The Center for Radiation Therapy of Beverly Hills. Dr. Rose is both the Technical and Associate Director of Valley Radiotherapy Associates Medical Group. He is Chief Technology Officer of Vantage Oncology, Inc, a developer and manager of freestanding and joint venture cancer centers. He received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MD from Harvard Medical School. Upon graduation, he served an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, followed by a residency in Radiation Oncology at the Harvard Joint Center for Radiation Therapy. Dr. Rose was a Visiting Clinical Scientist at the Institute for Cancer Research, Royal Marsden Hospital, University of London in Great Britain. He was an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School. He is a Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Keck/USC School of Medicine.

    Dr. Rose was Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the professional society of Radiation Oncology. He is Past President of the Council of Affiliated Regional Radiation Oncology Societies of the American College of Radiology, Past President of the California Radiation Oncology Society, and Counselor of the American College of Radiology. He was the Expert Physician reviewer for radiation oncology for the California Medicare Carrier and an advisor to the Health Care Financing Agency Clinical Practice Expense Panel. He is currently a member of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Commission and Vice Chair of the NCI-sponsored Quality Research in Radiation Oncology Study. Dr. Rose has published more than 50 articles on the treatment of Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer and physical and chemical methods of radiation sensitization. He is one of three radiation oncologists who received the Donald Coffey Clinician Scientist Award of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He is the 2008 Gold Medalist of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. He is listed in Best Doctors in America. Areas of expertise include Prostate, Breast, Skin, Rectal, Esophageal, and Lung Cancer as well as Bone Metastases.
  • Donna Rosen
    image not availableDonna Rosen has been a member of the Board of Directors at Tower Cancer Research Foundation since 2011.
  • Rick Rosen
    image not availableRick Rosen is a founding partner of Endeavor, now WME, and represents such notable clients as Conan O’Brien (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”); David E. Kelley (creator of “Boston Legal” and “Ally McBeal”); Dick Wolf (creator of Law & Order” and “Law & Order SVU”); Linwood Boomer (creator of “Malcolm in the Middle”); Howard Gordon (executive producer of “Homeland” and “24”); Bob Woodruff (ABC News); Tim Kring (creator of “Heroes” and “Touch”); Alex Gansa (executive producer of “Homeland”); Mark Frost (“Twin Peaks”); Chernin Entertainment (“The New Girl” and “Terra Nova”); BermanBraun; Alloy Entertainment (“Gossip Girl” and “The Vampire Diaries”)Rosen has also played a vital role in the packaging and sale of such series as “Providence”, “Alias”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Crossing Jordan”, “Heroes” and “In Treatment”.

    He also represents international clients such as Hat Trick Productions (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “Episodes”); Keshet Broadcasting (“Homeland”) and Hagai Levi (“In Treatment”).

    Rosen began his career in the entertainment industry working for Jonathan Dolgen at Columbia Pictures, where he honed his skills for seven years. He segued to Orion Television, quickly ascending to the rank of senior vice president of creative affairs for the network television division. In 1991, he joined International Creative Management where during his four-year tenure he served as head of the television packaging department.

    Currently, Rosen serves on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Association of Talent Agents, the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, Board of Directors of the Tower Cancer Research Foundation and is on the Board of Governors of the Paley Center for Media. He is the past president of the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society.

    In March 1995, joining forces with fellow ICM agents and friends Ariel Emanuel, David Greenblatt and Tom Strickler, Rosen became one of the founding members of the then new agency Endeavor. From its inception, the firm has galvanized the entertainment industry with its aggressive, one-to-one approach to the client-agent relationship.
  • Barry Rosenbloom, MD
    Barry Rosenbloom, MDDr. Barry Rosenbloom was born and educated in NYC and after Medical School came to LA in 1971 to enter the Harbor-UCAL internship and residency training program where he later became Chief Resident in Medicine and subsequently completed a Fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology. He entered private practice in1976 and is a founding member of THOMG. He served as Chief of Staff at CSMC from 1989-1990. Committed to both patient care and education for the past 35 years, he has published over 100 scientific papers, abstracts, and book chapters. He has become a nationally recognized expert in the genetic disorder known as Gaucher disease. Because of his academic and educational achievements he was appointed to the rank of Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 1988 and was elected a Fellow to the American College of Physicians. Not only is he a member of the Board of the Tower Cancer Research Foundation, but also was a past Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Israel Cancer Research Fund. In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. He has been married over 40 years to Beth and they have two daughters, Michelle, who is a school teacher and Lauren who is an architect.
  • Saul Rosenzweig
    Saul RosenzweigMr. Rosenzweig is a graduate of Georgia Tech holding two Bachelor of Science degrees in Naval Science and Industrial Management. He maintains many active memberships including: stakeholder, Research & Health Professional Training Program, American Cancer Society; Member of the Board of Directors, Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation UCLA; Trustee of the Saul & Carol Rosenzweig Family Charitable Foundation, for the support of philanthropic causes; Member of the Board of Directors, Center for Digital Future USC Annenberg School for Communication; Member of the Board of Directors of Contemporary Art Council, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; President of RZGroup, Inc., a communications management firm in Los Angeles; General Partner of Rosetree Partners, a stock, bond and venture investing group; Member of the Board of Directors, Harbor Wireless LLC a holder of FCC 700 MHz licenses; President of R&R Radio LLC owner of Santa Barbara radio station. He is a former member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Tut Systems, Inc., a high-speed internet modem and computer hardware manufacturer; former managing partner of SNAP Software, Inc., a third party processor of Nielsen national sweep data for program analysis by program distributors, station rep firms and TV networks. Saul’s personal hobbies include distance running, tennis, bridge and playing the alto saxophone.
  • Judy Ruderman **
  • Lana Russeck
    Lana Russeck Lana Appel Russeck was born and raised in Phila., PA. She raised her two sons on the Jersey shore, Palm Beach, Fla. and Philadelphia. For years, as a part time teacher Ms. Russeck taught arts and crafts to enrichment students in the public schools in Philadelphia. While teaching, her natural artistic talents grew and were to be fully developed years later in Palm Beach and Los Angeles.


    Ms. Russeck continued her advanced education by returning to Arcadia University to begin her studies in psychology. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling and was selected to be a member of the prestigious Phi Chi National Psychology Honor Society. Ms. Russeck continued to work in the field of psychology by joining the professional staff of Northwestern Institute of Ft. Washington, PA, where she counseled families and children in crisis.


    In 2008, Ms. Russeck moved to Los Angeles to be near her family. For all the years of raising her family, Ms. Russeck had been surrounded by art through the 40 year old family business of fine art, selling 20th Century Modern Masters, and now in her new community, she was able to finally continue and expand her own creative talents that had been developed years before as a student of the arts and crafts world. With so many artistic abilities, Ms. Russeck's primary focus became the creation of art dolls from drawing board to final product. Many of Ms. Russeck's mentors in the doll art world are recognized on the international level; and
    Ms. Russeck, herself, is a master of textiles, beading, and fabrication of Fantasy Doll Art. Many of her whimsical creations have been featured at doll shows in the Southern California area.


    Because of Ms. Russeck's career in family counseling, her primary focus has always been for patients and their family members to understand and acknowledge their feelings while going through their treatments and be able to retain their dignity and spirit. To that end, Ms. Russeck feels her contributions to her new community is a perfect fit with TCRF goals.
  • Sherie Schneider
  • Deborah Smith
    image not availableDeborah Smith has been a member of the Board of Directors at Tower Cancer Research Foundation since 2007.
  • Steve Smith
  • Shelley Warsavsky
    Shelley WarsavskyShelley Warsavsky has been a member of the Board of Directors at Tower Cancer Research Foundation since 2010. She is also President of the Magnolia Council at Tower Cancer Research Foundation.
  • Dayle Zukor

** In Remembrance

Staff

  • Linda David Executive Director
  • Marge Stoddard Accountant
  • Phyllis Ruja Tell, MSW Director Psychosocial Programs
  • Elham Soheili Research Coordinator
  • Tiwana Broom-Harvey Project Coordinator
  • Danielle Stoddard Administrative Assistant
  • Paul Provenzano Administrative Assistant
  • Brooke Poklemba Community Program Coordinator
  • Alexander Macht Marketing Coordinator

Medical Advisory Committee

Practicing oncologists, renowned in their respective fields, conduct all clinical research activities.

  • Robert Decker, MD
    Robert Decker, MDDr. Robert W. Decker has distinguished himself throughout his career. He attended UCLA for undergraduate training, where he subsequently obtained a masters degree in molecular biology . Medical school followed at the University of California at Davis, where he graduated with high honors. He then returned to Los Angeles for internship and residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and eventually became Chief Resident in the Department of Medicine. Fellowship training was completed at the UCLA Medical Center in the division of Hematology and Oncology, where he developed a special interest in bone marrow transplantation and the treatment of leukemia. Transplantation was a relatively new procedure at that time, and Dr. Decker was involved in many of the important clinical trials and procedural refinements, which set the stage for transplantation as we know it today.

    When he entered private practice in 1987 as a member of the medical group, which eventually became Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group, he utilized his academic training to become a co-founder of the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to this activity, he became a very active member of the hospital staff, holding several important positions and committee chairmanships, and participating actively in the training of medical residents. Furthermore, he has been an author of a number of scientific publications, dealing mainly with leukemia, Hodgkin's Disease and breast cancer.

    In addition to his clinical appointments, Dr. Decker maintains several professional affiliations. He is an active member of:

    - American Society of Clinical Oncology
    - American College of Physicians
    - Southern California Academy of Clinical Oncology

    Even as his practice expanded, and despite his many hospital commitments, he has reserved time for a very active family life. He is happily married, has three sons, and somehow has been able to reserve time to coach Little League baseball, root for his boys on the athletic field, play golf, and indulge his hobby of collecting baseball memorabilia.

    Those who know Dr. Decker personally will attest to his warmth, good humor, and dedication to his profession.
  • Julie Dunhill, MD
    image not availableDr. Julie Anne Dunhill was raised in Colorado and attended Stanford University on both athletic and National Merit scholarships. While at Stanford, she was a member of the varsity gymnastics team for four years, and served as team captain during her senior year. She then attended the University of California Medical School and graduated in 1998.

    Continuing her education, she completed a residency program in Internal Medicine at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and subsequently a Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at the same institution. Dr Dunhill was honored with the Ben Newman award for "Medicine Resident of the Year" and the Leo Rigler award for "Resident of the Year, Humanistic Qualities" while in her training.

    Dr. Dunhill is currently board certified by both the American Board of Oncology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Special areas of interest includ e lymphoma, breast cancer, and gastrointestinal tumors. In addition, she served as the president of the “Young Physicians Organization” at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Her interests and hobbies include a love of animals and the outdoors. Dr. Dunhill is married and has one daughter, Kaitlyn Alina.
  • Leland Green, MD
    Leland Green, MDIn addition to his clinical appointments, Dr. Green maintains a number of professional affiliations. He is an active member of:
    -Associate American College of Physicians
    -American Medical Association
    -California Medical Association
    -Los Angeles County Medical Association

    When his busy schedule permits, Dr. Green likes to devote time to his hobbies which include skiing, physical exercise and music. The guitar is his instrument of choice, and he especially enjoys playing blues guitar. One of his two sons is a jazz guitarist; his other son is attending Stanford Medical School, where he is enrolled in a combined MD and PhD program. Dr. Green is happily married to his wife Miriam, a mathematics teacher.
  • Solomon Hamburg, MD, PhD
    Solomon Hamburg, MD, PhDDr. Solomon Hamburg was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and attended New York

    Sol has many outside interests that occupy his time. He is an accomplished musician and plays piano, saxophone and guitar, although jazz and rock guitar are his specialties. He enjoys travel and has been on several trips to very distant and interesting places, such as Nepal and the Amazon. He is very close to his parents, both Holocaust survivors, who are very active despite their advanced ages. He is married to Cynthia and has a son Ethan and daughter Emilia.
  • David Hoffman, MD
    David Hoffman, MDDr. David Hoffman grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Chicago Medical School in 1994. Continuing his education, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and subsequently a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focused on immune therapy for cancer.

    Dr. Hoffman is a partner at Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group and is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

    In addition to his clinical appointments, Dr. Hoffman maintains a number of professional affiliations. He is an active member of:
    -American Society of Clinical Oncology
    -American Society of Hematology
    -American Association for Cancer Research
    -American Medical Association
    -California Medical Association
    -Los Angeles County Medical Association
    -Southern California Lymphoma Group

    Currently, Dr. Hoffman maintains an academic appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine and has published a number of book chapters and peer-reviewed papers. He is recognized as a national expert in the administration of high-dose Interleukin-2 for metastatic kidney cancer and melanoma.
  • Philomena McAndrew, MD
    Philomena McAndrew, MDDr. Philomena McAndrew, a native of Philadelphia, attended Villanova University as an undergraduate and obtained her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Temple University Hospital and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at UCLA. She began her career in full time academic medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. In 1987, she entered into practice in the Cedars Sinai Community and became one of the founding members of Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group. Dr. McAndrew has been an investigator on several breast cancer studies, as her special interest is breast and other women's cancers.

    Dr. McAndrew has been involved in numerous hospital committees at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, including chairing the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, serving as the Clinical Vice-Chief of Medicine at Cedars Sinai and serving on the Cancer and the Medical Executive Committees. She is a member and Co-clinical director of Medical Oncology at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center a Center of Excellence at Cedars-Sinai. She has also served as a board member of several cancer-related charitable organizations, including the Wellness Community, the Lymphoma Research Foundation Medical Advisory Board and Research for Women's Cancer. In addition to maintaining a very active medical practice, she has been married for nearly forty years (to the same man!) and has two children. Dr. McAndrew's warmth, compassion, good humor, and devotion to her patients have made her much loved.
  • Dorothy Park, MD
    Dorothy Park, MDDr. Dorothy Park was born in Seoul, Korea. She graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1987, where she subsequently completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine as part of the UCLA-San Fernando Valley Program. Dr. Park continued her education by completing a Clinical Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology and later a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

    Dr. Park is an attending physician and currently Co-Clinical Chief in the division of Hematology/Oncologty at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Park also formerly served as the Director of the Center's Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program. She also maintains an academic appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine.

    In addition to her clinical appointments, Dr. Park maintains a number of professional affiliations. She is an active member of:
    - American College of Physicians
    - American Association for Cancer Research
    - American Society of Hematology
    - American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Sepehr Rokhsar, MD
    Sepehr Rokhsar, MDDr. Sepehr Rokhsar was born in Tehran, Iran. His family left for the United States in 1979 seeking to find a country with greater religious tolerance and economic opportunities.

    Dr. Rokhsar received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). He thereafter completed a residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the Olive View – UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center combined program.

    Prior to joining Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group, Dr. Rokhsar was in private practice at Cedars-Sinai Outpatient Cancer Center. There, he was an active participant in the Head and Neck Tumor Program and Colorectal Cancer Program. In addition, Dr. Rokhsar is also an active member of the American Society of Hematology and the Southern California Lymphoma Group.

    Dr. Rokhsar is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in medical oncology.
  • Barry Rosenbloom, MD
    Barry Rosenbloom, MDDr. Barry Rosenbloom was born and educated in NYC and after Medical School came to LA in 1971 to enter the Harbor-UCAL internship and residency training program where he later became Chief Resident in Medicine and subsequently completed a Fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology. He entered private practice in1976 and is a founding member of THOMG. He served as Chief of Staff at CSMC from 1989-1990. Committed to both patient care and education for the past 35 years, he has published over 100 scientific papers, abstracts, and book chapters. He has become a nationally recognized expert in the genetic disorder known as Gaucher disease. Because of his academic and educational achievements he was appointed to the rank of Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 1988 and was elected a Fellow to the American College of Physicians. Not only is he a member of the Board of the Tower Cancer Research Foundation, but also was a past Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Israel Cancer Research Fund. In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. He has been married over 40 years to Beth and they have two daughters, Michelle, who is a school teacher and Lauren who is an architect.
  • Fred Rosenfelt, MD
    Fred Rosenfelt, MDDr. Fred Rosenfelt was born in upstate New York and raised on the East Coast. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University and Honor graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. His internship, residency, and oncology fellowship were performed at the Stanford University Medical Center. While at Stanford, Dr. Rosenfelt was an active participant in their research program. This experience was the foundation for his interest in lymphoma, which has continued. He is a co-founder of the Southern California Medical Group. In 1979, he joined a three-physician group, which eventually merged with another to form the nucleus of Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group.

    Although Dr. Rosenfelt has expertise in all facets of hematology and oncology, he has maintained a special interest and become a recognized expert in Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The first of many publications in this field appeared in 1979 and he has authored several publications on other cancerous diseases such as lung and prostate cancer.

    In addition to his clinical appointments, Dr. Rosenfelt maintains a number of professional affiliations. He is an active member of:

    -American College of Physicians, Fellow
    -Southern California Association of Oncologists
    -American Society of Clinical Oncologists
    -Southern California Lymphoma Group
    -American Board of Internal Medicine

    These accomplishments aside, Dr. Rosenfelt has many interests outside of medicine- the most important of which relate to his family. He is very proud of his two daughters; Stacey is a successful movie producer with two children(Andrew and Molly) and Lisa a PH.d candidate in the neurosciences. He is equally proud of his wife Nancy's successful career as the Director of Summitview Schools for children with learning disorders. His leisure time activities include extensive reading-not only books, but also as a self-admitted "newshound". He enjoys classical music, travel, and running. Through the years, Dr. Rosenfelt has competed over thirty marathons and jogs on a regular basis.
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