Jerome J. and Helen S. Suran Fund supports neurological surgery trainees
Posted Feb. 15, 2012
During the Thanksgiving holiday in 2008, Jerry Suran was playing basketball with family members. “Like an old fool, I went after a loose ball,” he recalls. He fell, hitting his head and scraping his hands and knees.
One day four months later, he began feeling ill and having trouble finishing his sentences. He wanted to sleep off his headache, but his wife, Helen, insisted that he should go to a hospital emergency room.
“I told him that maybe he’d had a stroke, and I knew time was urgent,” she says. “I was screaming, ‘Don’t you understand?’”
"I’m proud that UC Davis Medical Center has a staff that springs into action to take care of patients. This can make a difference between life and death."
— Kee Kim
They sought out Kee Kim, an associate professor and chief of spinal neurosurgery at UC Davis Health System. A CT scan revealed a slow bleed in Jerry Suran’s head, causing pressure and shifting his brain position. Kim performed surgery the next morning.
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The surgical treatment resolved Jerry Suran’s memory and speech difficulties. Kim and Jerry Suran, who is a senior lecturer emeritus in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, discovered a connection extending beyond UC Davis. Both were graduates, called “Peglegs,” of New York’s science-based Stuyvesant High School.
To thank Kim and to honor these bonds, the Surans established the Jerome J. and Helen S. Suran Fund, in honor of Kee Kim, in the Department of Neurological Surgery, which will finance scholarships to train medical personnel in the department.
“I’m proud that UC Davis Medical Center has a staff that springs into action to take care of patients,” Kim says. “This can make a difference between life and death.”