Thursday, May 18, 2023

Dr. Keith Terasaki, chair of the UCLA Terasaki Center Board of Advisors, was awarded the Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year Award on Saturday, May 13th, 2023.

Terasaki, an interventional radiologist at Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1977 and graduated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 1983. Together with his wife, Cecilia, he has been a longstanding investor in talented faculty scholars and students across campus. Among other philanthropic activities, the Terasakis’ family foundation has supported the general scholarship fund, the work of Nobel laureate Andrea Ghez, Four Deep Scholarships for student–athletes, the Center for Japanese Studies, the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and the Terasaki Research Institute.

Outside of UCLA, Terasaki donates his time and financial support to bring health equity to Los Angeles’ Skid Row. He has served as a volunteer radiologist and chair of the board of the John Wesley Health Clinic, which operates 20 clinics in underserved parts of the county, and his family has generously supported numerous other educational and cultural institutions throughout the city. Terasaki holds the unique distinction of being the son of a previous winner of the Dickson Award: His father, Dr. Paul Terasaki, was the honoree in 2011.

The following video highlights Terasaki's accomplishments and relationship with UCLA.