Gift from Drs. Ram and Meera Krishna to Support the UA Cancer Center

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TO: UA Campus Community
FROM: President Ann Weaver Hart
DATE: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
SUBJECT: Gift from Drs. Ram and Meera Krishna to Support the UA Cancer Center

 

I am very pleased to share news of a generous gift from Dr. Ram Krishna, a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, and his wife, Dr. Meera Krishna. The $1 million gift will benefit the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Phoenix and has been made in memory of Meera’s late sister, Dr. Mandira Jalajakshi.

This gift will support the construction of the University of Arizona Cancer Center at the St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center/Dignity Health outpatient facility. The facility will offer comprehensive cancer services when it opens its doors as part of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus this fall. This five-story, 220,000-square-foot facility, currently under construction in downtown Phoenix, is an exciting partnership between the University of Arizona and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center/Dignity Health. It will provide patients in Phoenix with access to the University's world-renowned cancer resources.

The University of Arizona is committed to serving the Phoenix area as part of our land-grant mission, and we are thrilled to continue to grow our presence there with the support of the community and donors like Drs. Ram and Meera Krishna.

The Krishnas are proud parents of two University of Arizona graduates. Sunita Krishna graduated with a BA in political science and a JD, and Dr. Rupa Krishna received a BS, an MPH, and an MD from the UA. I am deeply grateful for the family’s continued support of the University. In recognition of this gift, a space in the new Cancer Center facility will bear the name of the late Dr. Mandira Jalajakshi and serve as a lasting memorial honoring her life’s work as a physician.