Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, and Felix and Mildred Yip, pose at the 2012 White Coat Ceremony. (Photo/Brook Photography)
By Amy E. Hamaker
Felix Yip, a clinical professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and chairman of surgery at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, Calif., holds fond memories of his internship at USC in 1980. Since then, his working relationship with USC has grown as he created his own practice in Urology. Thanks to his recent gift to the USC Institute of Urology, others will be able to follow in his footsteps.
Supporting education is nothing new to Yip and his family. USC Urology has been a focus for the Yips’ generosity in the past: July 2013 marks the first Felix and Mildred Yip Fellowship in Advanced Robotics and Laparoscopy for the USC Institute of Urology, sponsored by a previous gift. In addition, the Yips have sponsored the UCLA Yip Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research and the UCLA Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Professorship in Dentistry.
Yip believes any gift is worthwhile, and hopes the Asian community in Los Angeles will follow suit. “For me, a huge part of my motivation is seeing new energy and knowledge coming in, and working with residents, fellows and staff,” explains Yip. “USC urology was already at a world-class level when Dr. [Inderbir] Gill came, bringing in new technology, methods of how to treat disease and excitement in metropolitan Los Angeles. I truly believe investment in this kind of education will yield the best return.”