Inspiring Innovation in Pulmonary Care and Research

The Women's Guild has been inspiring innovation at Cedars-Sinai for more than half a century, and its members share a powerful commitment to supporting pioneering research.

Founded in 1957, Women's Guild has been a leader in providing resources for a wide range of programs at Cedars-Sinai. The group supports the pursuit of knowledge and the development of diagnosis and treatment methods that will make a difference in the lives of countless patients for generations to come.

To date, Women's Guild has raised more than $40 million in support of Cedars-Sinai's most critical work, including $20 million for a world-class research and treatment center for lung diseases.

The Women's Guild Lung Institute provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care at Cedars-Sinai for diseases of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall, airways, and mediastinum.

The Lung Institute pushes the boundaries of lung disease research and has made significant strides in the treatment of pulmonary illness. Achievements include advancing research in genetic links to lung cancer, establishing a repository of biomarkers to facilitate ongoing scientific investigation and doubling the number of lung transplants performed at Cedars-Sinai. The Lung Institute was among the first to dedicate a computed tomography (CT) screening program for patients with an elevated risk of developing lung cancer. This screening is now a standard of care nationwide.

Work conducted by the Lung Institute and led by its director, Paul W. Noble, MD, resulted in two first-in-class drugs being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Even having secured approval for the first-ever drugs to fight this disease, researchers continue to seek better treatments and cures for this and other pulmonary illnesses.

In 2013, Women's Guild embarked on a new fundraising effort — a $10 million pledge to fund the Women's Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills. The Simulation Center provides advanced clinical skills training for all levels of expertise and a range of professionals, from nurses to surgeons.

Women's Guild also established Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center – A Project of Women's Guild at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute — and endowed the Women's Guild Chair in Women's Health.