ram krishna

(L-r); Dr. Joe G. N. "Skip" Garcia, University of Arizona senior vice president for health sciences; Regent Dr. Ram Krishna; University of Arizona president Ann Weaver Hart; Dr. Meera Krishna; Sunita Krishna, daughter of Ram and Meera Krishna; and Dr. Andrew Kraft, director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, seen at an event in Phoenix to celebrate the Krishnas’ $1 million gift.

TUCSON, Arizona — Dr. Ram Krishna, an Indian American orthopedic surgeon and a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, has made a $1 million gift to the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Phoenix.

Krishna and his wife, Dr. Meera Krishna, made the gift in memory of Meera Krishna's sister, Dr. Mandira Jalajakshi, who was a physician practicing in England when she passed away in 2012.

The gift will go toward the construction of the University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center/Dignity Health outpatient facility, which will offer comprehensive cancer services, including infusion, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, endoscopic/interventional radiology, patient wellness and support services, a prevention center, clinical lab space and several specialized cancer clinics.

The five-story, 220,000-square-foot facility — a partnership between the UA and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center/Dignity Health — currently is under construction on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix and is expected to open in September.

The Krishnas' two daughters graduated from the UA — one with an undergraduate degree and a law degree and the other with a dual degree in medicine and public health.

Ram Krishna said he and his wife wanted to give back to the school their children attended while supporting UA medical education and research.

"I was very impressed with President Hart's vision, and we wanted to give back," said Ram Krishna, who has a private practice in Yuma. "Education and research in the medical field are very important to us,” he was quoted as saying in a press release.

In recognition of the Krishnas' gift, a space in the new center will bear the name of the late Mandira Jalajakshi and serve as a lasting memorial honoring her life’s work as a physician.

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