Endowed Chairs

John A. Glaspy, MD, MPH

Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Integrative Oncology at UCLA

John Glaspy, MD, MPH holds the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Integrative Oncology at UCLA and is the Medical Director of the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. Dr. Glaspy is professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Glaspy serves as co-chair to the division with Dr. Dennis Slamon. He is director of the JCCC Clinical Research Unit and director of the JCCC Women’s Cancer Research Program. He is a researcher and oncologist with a national reputation in clinical medicine as an acute diagnostician and outstanding clinician.

Dr. Glaspy is professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Glaspy serves as co-chair to the division with Dr. Dennis Slamon. He is director of the JCCC Clinical Research Unit and director of the JCCC Women’s Cancer Research Program. He is a researcher and oncologist with a national reputation in clinical medicine as an acute diagnostician and outstanding clinician.

Dr. Glaspy is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Southwest Oncology Group, American Federation for Clinical Research, International Society of Interferon Research, and American Society of Nuclear Medicine, among others. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. During the course of his career, Dr. Glaspy has authored more than 270 articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He has received numerous awards and honors, including being named one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

Currently, Dr. Glaspy is involved in basic research in tumor immunology and the effects of fatty acids on carcinogenesis. His clinical interests also include chemotherapy-induced anemia, the role of hematopoietic growth factors in cancer management, and new approaches to the treatment of breast cancer and malignant melanoma. Dr. Glaspy received his MD from the UCLA School of Medicine and his MPH in health services administration from the UCLA School of Public Health. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in hematology and oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr. Glaspy understands the value of providing integrative care to patients with cancer and has been a strong advocate for these services. He is devoted to providing the leadership from the Department of Medicine on the Founders Board because of his strong belief in the mission of the Simms/Mann Center. He considers the Simms/Mann Center to be an essential part of comprehensive oncology care.



Margo B. Minissian, PhD, ACNP

Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Nurse Education, Innovation, and Research at Cedars-Sinai

Margo B. Minissian, PhD, ACNP is the Margo B. Minissian, PhD, ACNP is the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Nurse Education, Innovation, and Research at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Minissian is the Executive Director of the Brawerman Nursing Institute and oversees education, research and performance improvement. She is Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She completed a biological research PhD at the UCLA School of Nursing, was the UCLA Dean’s Scholar Fellow and Regents Scholar. Her research focuses on cardiovascular prevention with an emphasis on young women who experience severe preterm delivery and preeclampsia. Her work has earned numerous awards and funding from the National of Institutes of Health.

As a researcher who examines ways to prevent disease, Minissian has a strong interest in protecting healthcare workers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Her team of co-investigators enrolled registered nurses in a study that seeks to measure and quantify inflammatory proteins which signal prior to a healthy person becoming sick. “By evaluating these proteins immediately before shift work, we might be able to reduce the risk nurses face when caring for COVID-19 patients”. Minissian adds, “The ultimate goal is to develop a point of care screening test to help healthcare workers stay healthy while caring for our critically ill on the front-lines”.


The Simms/Mann Family Foundation has partnered with Sharewell to create a health and wellness overlay at the new Cayton Children’s Museum, entitled “Simms/Mann Habits for Health.” ShareWell, the Los Angeles-based non-profit that inspires youth to be their best selves through high-caliber arts and youth development programming, will officially open the doors to the all-new Cayton Children’s Museum in early summer 2019 in Downtown Santa Monica. The new museum, formerly known as the Zimmer Museum, will be located on the third floor of the popular open-air shopping destination, Santa Monica Place, resulting in higher visibility and a broader reach to the many diverse neighborhoods of the greater Los Angeles area. The 21,000-square-foot facility will nearly double in size from the museum’s previous location, offering  hands-on exhibits and a robust calendar of arts and cultural educational opportunities for children, youth and families.

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation wants all children and families to be aware that in order to thrive, our bodies and brains need food, water, sleep, movement, play, reflection, and connection. Simms/Mann Habits for Health at the Cayton Children’s Museum will offer fun ideas for integrating these aspects of wellness into our lives, with iconography and educational content incorporated throughout the museum and online.


The Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Dance Scholarship

In 2016, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation established the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Dance Scholarship. This scholarship provides support to USC Kaufman students entering their third year of the BFA Program.  Preference will be given to students with an interest in dance therapy and/or dance education for youth, but others will be eligible.

Past Recipients:

Satori Folkes-Stone: Folkes-Stone discovered her love for teaching while at USC Kaufman. She also developed her choreographic voice extensively through her senior project and other works. After working with young students in China, she hopes to continue teaching nationally and internationally. Currently, Folkes-Stone is in New York, performing in the 2020 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Throughout her career, Folkes-Stone will also continue developing dance work that focuses on black narratives, black female narratives and black catharsis.

Current Recipient:

Aurora Vaughn: Aurora is a Junior from Red Wood City, CA.  She trained at Bay Area Dance School in Los Altos, CA. She was mentored by Leila Boissonnade from the time she was a toddler. Vaughn wants to cultivate the idea that dance is not only an activity, but it is also a lifestyle.

In addition to the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Dance Scholarship, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation also serves as a member of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s “Founder’s Circle,” which creates a legacy of support for dancers, choreographers and dance leaders at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.


City of Hope is a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases.  It has been ranked as one of the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report for over 10 years.

In 2017, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation partnered with City of Hope to establish the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Chair in Systems Biology, naming Jianjun Chen, Ph.D. as chair. Dr. Chen is a leader in the use of systems biology to address disparities in therapeutic options for acute leukemia. Preclinical investigations have shown great promise for better therapeutic options. At City of Hope, Dr. Chen hopes to translate these early successes into clinical trials. By establishing the Simms /Mann Family Foundation Chair, the Foundation hopes to provide Dr. Chen with the tools to translate promising research into tangible therapies and to allow Dr. Chen, and the brilliant researchers who follow in his footsteps, to redefine the way the world understands and treats acute leukemia and other cancers.

People around the world who are fighting cancer find hope in the promise of experimental new therapies that may lead to a cure for themselves and future generations. By empowering Dr. Chen to pursue his transformative research, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation’s support helps City of Hope continue to push the boundaries of science,  advancing treatments that extend quality and length of life and cultivating hope for people with cancer.

Pat Levitt, PhD

Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Chief Scientific Officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the WM Keck Provost Professor of Neurogenetics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Dr. Levitt is the Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Chief Scientific Officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the WM Keck Provost Professor of Neurogenetics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Levitt is also the Chief Scientific Officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Levitt has held chair and institute directorships at the University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Levitt has been a MERIT awardee from the National Institute of Mental Health and served as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council for the National Institute of Mental Health. He is an elected member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Levitt is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, and serves as Scientific Director of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, a policy council that brings the best research from child development and neuroscience to assist state and federal policy makers and private sector business leaders in making wise decisions regarding program investment. He has spoken on this topic in over 30 states.

Dr. Levitt’s research focuses on the development of circuitry that controls learning, emotional and social behavior. The laboratory performs studies on genetic and environment factors that influence circuit formation and the underlying influence of individual differences (heterogeneity) in complex behaviors. Studies also identify factors that increase risk for neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. His clinical research addresses disorder heterogeneity by studying children with neurodevelopmental disorders who also have co-occurring medical conditions, and children exposed to toxic stress (neglect, abuse) early in life that may impact mental and physical health short- and long-term. The studies have a goal of developing better diagnostic criteria and personalized treatments. He has published over 265 scientific papers.

Ruth Feldman, PhD

Simms/Mann Professor of Developmental Social Neuroscience and Director of the Center for Developmental, Social, and Relationship Neuroscience at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya

Ruth Feldman, PhD, is the Simms-Mann professor of developmental social neuroscience and director of the Center for Developmental, Social, and Relationship Neuroscience at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya with a joint appointment at Yale University Child Study Center.  She is also director of the Irving B. Harris community-based clinic and internship program for young children and their families.  Her research focuses on the biological basis of social affiliation, processes of biobehavioral synchrony, longitudinal follow-up of infants at high risk stemming from biological (e.g., prematurity), maternal (e.g., postpartum depression), and contextual (e.g., war-related trauma) risk conditions, the neuroscience of empathy, and the effects of touch-based interventions.  Her studies on the role of oxytocin in health and psychopathology have been instrumental for understanding the biological basis of social collaboration in humans.  Her research on the maternal and paternal brain, human bond formation, the long-term effects of Kangaroo-Care on premature infants, the brain basis of conflict resolution, and the effects of maternal postpartum depression on children’s brain and behavior received substantial empirical and media attention. Dr. Feldman is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, has been on the editorial board of several high-impact journals, and has published over 300 articles in scientific journals and book chapters.

For more information on The Feldman Lab and the Inaugural Conference of the Center for Developmental Social Neuroscience, please see the links below:



Play is learning at The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation (MOXI). Located in Santa Barbara, California, MOXI features three floors of indoor and outdoor exhibits designed to help children, families, and curious minds of all ages explore, play, and discover. Though interactive experiences in science and creativity, learning is ignited.

MOXI opened its doors to the public on February 25, 2017 after years of hard work and community effort. The Simms/Mann Family Foundation supported MOXI’s mission by donating to the Bridge for Interactive Media exhibit, which features rotating displays of new media arts and technology. Visitors will discover a unique showcase for a wide range of digital interactive experiences designed in partnership with area artists, educators and scientists.

Currently, the Theater features an installment titled “Video Organisms” from the UCSB AlloSphere Research Group and artist, Ethan Turpin— a large-scale representation of a Hydrogen-like atom that visitors can explore and interact with. It allows guests to interact with the installation as they use hand-held lights and their own movements to create life-like patterns.

The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) is a global, interprofessional, member organization that educates and trains clinicians in integrative health and medicine to assure exemplary health care. AHIM is dedicated to engaging a global community of health professionals and health seekers in innovative education, training, leadership, interprofessional collaboration, research, and advocacy that embraces all global healing traditions, to promote the creation of health and the delivery of evidence-informed comprehensive, affordable, sustainable person-centered care.

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation supports AIHM by awarding scholarships to professionals participating in the Interprofessional Fellowship Program. The Interprofessional Fellowship Program is the first ever graduate-level training program designed for clinicians across a wide range of professions. This two-year fellowship program immerses professionals into an innovative, interactive, and clinically focused curriculum that lays the foundation for integrated care while teaching professionals to work effectively within an interprofessional team.

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation supported the production of the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. The Tedd Mann Concert Hall, a world-class concert auditorium, overlooks the banks of the Mississippi River and seats over 1,200 guests. Designed with acoustics as its highest priority, the Concert Hall shines with the all-encompassing, clear sound of musical performances. The auditorium is a traditional European shoebox design, with two shallow tiers and a raised mezzanine. The flexible stage can provide an intimate setting for a lecturer or accommodate a full orchestra and chorus.

The Concert Hall offers a full concert programming schedule that includes performances by School of Music ensembles, faculty, and guest artists. A separate programming schedule includes performances or master classes by such notables as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Joe Henderson Trio, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dale Warland Singers, Bobby McFerrin, Chanticleer, and the Schubert Club.

The Aspen Music Festival and School is the United States’ premier classical music festival and school, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students. The Simms/Mann Family Foundation knows how important it is for young musicians to be exposed to transformational artistic experiences by world class teachers and peers.

In 2000, this belief led the Foundation to endow a Piano Chair at the Aspen Music Festival and School. The Chair is awarded to a member of the Aspen piano faculty for special recognition of teaching prominence. This gift also supports two Aspen Music Festival and School piano students annually. Over the last sixteen years the Foundation gift has given over thirty young musicians the opportunity to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Piano Chair Listing

  • Ann Schein – Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute
  • Yoheved Kaplinsky – The Juilliard School
  • John O’Conor – Belvedere College
  • Choong Mo Kang – The Juilliard School
  • Richard Aaron – The Juilliard School
  • Gabriel Chodos – New England Conservatory
  • John Perry – University of Southern California

Piano Students

  • 2004 – Michael Shinn, Liany Farinas
  • 2005 – PuoChi Huang, Yuan Tian
  • 2006 – Jose Menor, Esther Shin
  • 2007 – Jose Menor, Esther Shin
  • 2008 – Dariya Bukhartseva, Daniel Walden
  • 2009 – Steven Lin, Hanbo Liu
  • 2010 – Steven Lin, Hanbo Liu
  • 2011 – Silvan Negrutiu, Dimitri Papadimitriou
  • 2012 – Hyun Jung Kim, Amanda Gessler
  • 2013 – Hyung-Do Kim, Carmen Knoll
  • 2014 – Taek Gi Lee, Tsotne Tsotskhalashivili
  • 2015 – Jiacheng Xiong, Qixuan Fan
  • 2016 – Jiacheng Xiong, Dongxu Jin
  • 2017 – Dongxu Jin, Harmony Zhu, Jonathan Heifetz
  • 2018 – Elliot Wuu, Harmony Zhu, Eyul Esme Bolucek, Micah McLaurin
  • 2019 – Harmony Zhu, Daniela Liebman, Yuval Hen

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a non-profit hospital for pediatric care and one of America’s premier teaching hospitals. It has been recognized among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence.

In 2011, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation partnered with CHLA to develop the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Playground. The playground, located at CHLA, provides a place of play for both disabled and non-disabled children. The universal playground can accommodate children with wheelchairs, leg braces, crutches, and other barriers that usually leave them sidelined at traditional playgrounds. The play area also features sound and visual stimulation for children with hearing or vision loss. The playground addresses individual disabilities but provides a common area that is entertaining for nondisabled children as well.

In 2014, the Foundation funded an endowed chair for the director of the Developmental Neurogenetics program within CHLA’s Institute for the Developing Mind. The Developmental Neurogenetics program serves as a bridge between basic discoveries in the research lab and the development of important new prevention strategies and therapies for young patients.

The chair endowed by the Foundation is held by Pat Levitt, Ph.D. Levitt is an internationally renowned expert in brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders. Levitt’s basic and clinical research holds the promise of identifying how genetics and the environment come together to construct the healthy brain, and how alterations in this complex process can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders. Levitt’s visionary leadership will be key in helping to understand early brain development, and in particular, the development of learning, social behavior, communication, and emotional connection.

The Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology provides integrative patient care for individuals and families touched by cancer. Built on a foundation of academic research and advanced treatment approaches, the Simms/Mann Center offers educational and support services that integrate psychological, nutritional, spiritual, and complementary approaches to healing.

Services provided by the Simms/Mann Center include:

  • Individual, couple, and family counseling
  • Groups for support and healing
  • Nutrition and supplements
  • Psychiatry and oncology
  • Insights into Cancer public lectures
  • Spiritual care

The Simms/Mann Center is part of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is designated by the National Cancer Institute as one of only forty comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. As a national model for integrative patient care, we believe that comprehensive cancer care treats the whole person, not just the disease. The best care combines multiple modalities and considers the needs of the whole patient and family. The Simms/Mann Center offers the best of science combined with the most effective approaches that patient-centered care can provide.

In the quest to optimize wellness, most patients want and need information, guidance, and support that addresses nutrition and supplements, mind/body approaches, psychological concerns, and more. The Simms/Mann Center offers all of these services in one place.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, set to open late 2020, will contain over 290,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces. The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the Academy Museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) campus in the landmarked Wilshire May Company building. The Museum will curate and present the work of Oscar winners and nominees, as well as the legions of global artists who make movies. The Museum will provide interactive, immersive, and engaging exhibitions that will pull back the curtain on moviemaking and highlight the history and future of the arts and sciences of film.

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation endowed a 275-seat theater in honor of Ted Mann. The Ted Mann Theater will be located in the Museum’s Basement Level. The Ted Mann Theater will be a home for retrospectives, screening series, and special programming. In addition, there will be a permanent interactive exhibition regarding the life and legacy of Ted Mann. The exhibit will include his pivotal role as an entrepreneur and philanthropist in the motion picture industry and within the community.

Venice Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center is the nation’s first health, wellness, and integrative medicine program offered at a free clinic. The Center’s programs provide a wide range of evidence-based integrated services which focus on the whole person and the whole family. In addition to high-quality conventional medical care, integrative medicine services include disease management, prevention, and wellness programs. Multimodal approaches to chronic disease are utilized, including mind-body therapies, acupuncture, chiropractic, and osteopathic care.

The Center’s health, wellness, and integrative medicine programs include mental health services, chronic pain treatment and management, nutritional education, exercise classes, stress management, and obesity prevention and management. The Clinic collects outcome data to measure efficacy and cost effectiveness. Interns and residents rotating through the Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center learn an integrative approach to medical care.