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Cancer treatment initiatives at a Florida medical center will benefit from a $1 million gift made in honor of the work of Edward Attarian '52, a physician in Coral Gables.

Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston has announced that it received a $1 million gift from the Huizenga Family Foundation to help fund cancer treatment initiatives. To honor the Huizenga family’s commitment and the work of Attarian, chair of the Department of Executive and International Health, Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston has named its executive health clinic the Attarian–Huizenga Executive Health Clinic.

"We are very excited about this generous donation and the resources it will help us bring to bear against cancer," said Howard Graman, M.D., executive director of Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston. "Because of the ongoing support from donors like the Huizenga family, Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston has been able to greatly expand our medical treatment, research and educational program offerings, helping us further the clinic’s mission of caring for the sick."

H. Wayne Huizenga, chairman of Huizenga Holdings, said, "As a participant in the clinic's executive health program for more than 11 years, I’ve experienced firsthand the great care given to Cleveland Clinic patients, especially at the hands of Dr. Attarian. I’m honored to have the Huizenga name memorialized in conjunction with Dr. Attarian and affiliated with such a renowned medical institution."

Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston is a part of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, a not-for-profit, multi-specialty referral group practice, with an emphasis on research and education.

Attarian earned his medical degree at Albany Medical School and was a biology major and member of ODK/Mortar Board while a student at St. Lawrence.

Posted: August 12, 2004