Pacific Neuroscience Institute Affiliates with Providence Health & Services Saint John’s Medical Foundation

June 29, 2017

Providence Health & Services announced today a new affiliation with Pacific Neuroscience Institute, a multispecialty group of more than 30 physicians and researchers renowned for providing cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatments, as well as conducting breakthrough research and clinical trials to advance the care of patients with neurological and cranial disorders.

The physicians of PNI will join the Saint John’s Medical Foundation, which is composed of Westside physician groups with a range of specialties who practice at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. The new PNI Clinic is currently under construction at 2125 Arizona Ave., adjacent to Saint John’s Health Center, and is expected to open in early 2018.

PNI physicians also will provide neurosurgery, interventional neuro-radiology and neuro-oncology inpatient care and emergency stroke center services, as well as operate an outpatient clinic at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance.

“Our partnership with PNI brings a team of extraordinary specialists, their state-of-the-art facilities and their globally recognized research to Providence Saint John’s and its John Wayne Cancer Institute, and to our South Bay hospitals,” said Erik Wexler, chief executive, Providence St. Joseph Health, Los Angeles Region. “More importantly, they will participate in our Neuroscience Clinical Institute, which serves across the seven-state Providence St. Joseph Health system to advance treatment and improve outcomes for patients with complex neurological disorders.”

PNI is a leader in neurosciences, operating eight centers of excellence:

“Our PNI clinicians and researchers have a long and fruitful relationship with Providence Saint John’s, the John Wayne Cancer Institute and the Saint John's Health Center Foundation, and we are excited to build upon this decade-long collaboration,” said Daniel F. Kelly, M.D., neurosurgeon and director of PNI and its Brain Tumor and Pituitary Disorders Centers. “By affiliating with Providence, we greatly strengthen our ability to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for our patients, while developing novel treatments for the future.”

Dr. Kelly’s PNI co-founders include Chester F. Griffiths, M.D., FACS, a head and neck, and ear, nose and throat surgeon; neuro-oncologist Santosh Kesari, M.D., Ph.D., and neuro-ophthalmologist Howard R. Krauss, M.D.

“This new affiliation with PNI propels Providence in its continuing strategy to build expertise in the neurosciences across Southern California – advancing research, technology, innovation and quality patient care,” said Marcel Loh, chief executive, Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Providence has more than 500 affiliated physicians from the South Bay to Santa Clarita who are aligned with the six Los Angeles Area Providence medical centers. This new affiliation will equip PNI with a management services program to provide operating and administrative support for clinical operations. 

About Pacific Neuroscience Institute: 
Pacific Neuroscience Institute is devoted to the comprehensive care of patients with a wide spectrum of neurological and cranial disorders including brain; skull base and pituitary tumors; stroke and related neurovascular diseases; adult hydrocephalus; vision, hearing and sinonasal disorders; facial pain syndromes; and movement disorders. Based at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, PNI has more than 30 physician specialists and researchers collaborating across multiple disciplines including neuro-surgery, neuro-oncology, endocrinology, ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology), stroke and general neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, interventional neuro-radiology, radiation oncology, neuro-anesthesia and neuro-pathology. Our team approach ensures each patient receives the comprehensive attention required for successful treatment and recovery. In collaboration with John Wayne Cancer Institute, our PNI team of neuroscientists is advancing future treatments in neuro-oncology and stroke with cutting-edge research and clinical trials. For more information, visit

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