Hoag Physician Leader Gives Back to Support Women’s Health Services
Dr. Allyson Brooks has been committed to providing women throughout Orange County with health care they can trust since she joined Hoag’s medical staff as an OB-GYN in 1993. Today, she serves as the Ginny Ueberroth Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair of the Women’s Health Institute at Hoag, overseeing its best-in-class programs and services.
Hoag is where she had her children and where she and her family still receive care. This decades-long connection to Hoag and the community continues to inspire both her work and her giving. Knowing firsthand the power of philanthropy in the lives of Hoag patients, Dr. Brooks and her husband made a gift to benefit the continued advancement of women’s health—a key focus of Hoag’s expanding services and, of course, Dr. Brooks’ passion.
“My family and my patients have been direct beneficiaries of the community’s generosity. Hoag is in my blood, and my husband and I want to do what we can so that it continues to be there for people now and in the future,” said Dr. Brooks. While the couple has actively supported various Hoag initiatives over the years, including nursing, diabetes and cancer care, among others, this gift holds special meaning.
For Dr. Brooks, an important tenet of women’s health is listening to what women want. She is dedicated to seeing the needs and desires of women realized through the services Hoag offers. “There are so many programs we wouldn’t be able to offer without philanthropy—maternal mental health, holistic wellness offerings, clinical specialists like reproductive psychologists and oncoplastic breast surgeons,” Dr. Brooks said. Her hope is that her own gift will make a difference to women at various stages of life who turn to Hoag for care.
When asked about the significance of supporting the organization she’s devoted her life and career to, Dr. Brooks said, “It’s a feel-good moment. Patients keep coming back because they have a good experience and feel well cared for. We are grateful to be a part of that.”
Photo: Dr. Allyson Brooks with her husband, Andrew, and their three sons (from left to right) Bobby, Ben and Tom.