Donald G. Skinner will be this year’s honoree at the prestigious Norman Topping Dinner sponsored by the USC/Norris Cancer Research Associates. The dinner takes place on May 22 at the Water Court at California Plaza.
Skinner, Hanson-White Chair in Medical Research, professor and chair of the Department of Urology, is an internationally renowned urologic surgeon and a pioneer in the field of reconstructive urologic surgery. He will be honored for his contributions to the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the community.
Proceeds from the dinner, which is expected to raise $1.5 million, will establish a chair named for Skinner that will support research in urology at the USC/Norris.
Skinner came to USC in 1980 from the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1982 he pioneered the concept of continent urinary diversion and reconstructive bladder replacement surgery following bladder removal for pelvic malignancy.
His work in urology, urologic surgery and clinical research has won the Joliet, Illinois native international acclaim and such honors as the Grayson Carroll Prize for clinical research and the Gold Cytoscope Award for outstanding contributions in urology from the American Urological Association.
In 1993 he received an Honorary Medical Degree from the University of Goteborg, Sweden for his contributions to the field of reconstructive urologic surgery.
More than 1,000 guests are expected at the black-tie event, which will be chaired by Richard G. Newman, president and chief executive officer of AECOM Technology Corporation. The evening’s underwriters are Mr. and Mrs. James S. Offield and Mr. Paxson H. Offield of the Offield Family Foundation and the United Cancer Research Society.
Steven B. Sample, USC President, and Peter A. Jones, USC/Norris Cancer Center director, will speak at the event. An audio-visual biography and tribute to Skinner will be presented featuring testimonials from Skinner’s family, colleagues and many patients.
Following dinner, comedian and musician Steve Allen and his Big Band Orchestra will perform.
The Topping Dinner is historically one of USC’s most successful fundraising events. Previous Topping Dinner honorees include John McKay, Carl Hartnack, Richard Eamer, James Zumberge and Lodwrick M. Cook.