The Golden Portal Awards is an annual event launched in 2012 by Ted Gagliano and Loic Bailly.The mission of the Golden Portal Awards is to provide a pipeline of philanthropic support that will enable UCLA neuroscientists to diminish the devastating effects of neurological diseases, such as brain cancer, aneurysms, vascular malformations, and stroke.

The Golden Portal Awards recognize the art and science of film and medicine. This year, we will honor four films whose characters exhibit great tenacity: Battle of the Sexes, Dunkirk, Mountain Between Us, and Murder on the Orient Express. The protagonists of these films possess the strength, determination, and bravery to overcome adversity—much like patients suffering from debilitating neurological diseases.

Ted Gagliano and Loic Bailly



Ted Gagliano serves as a member of the UCLA Neurosurgery Board of Advisers and is president of Feature Post Production at 20th Century Fox, responsible for the completion of more than 30 films per year from its four production divisions.

During his career, he has overseen post production on more than 500 Fox films, including “Titanic,” “Independence Day,” “Master and Commander,” “Walk the Line,” as well as the “Star Wars,” “X-Men,” and “Ice Age” franchises. In recent years, Ted oversaw the complex post production of the groundbreaking hits “Prometheus,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and James Cameron’s “Avatar.”

Because of his experience on “Avatar,” Ted is a believer in the convergence of motion picture science and innovative medical technologies that utilize advances in light and sound. He is the lead backer of iGuide Surgical Systems, which uses LED devices and new imaging technology for minimally invasive cosmetic surgery, and US HIFU, which uses high intensity focused ultra sound to treat prostate cancer.


Loic Bailly is originally from France where he built a successful career in healthcare for companies such as Sanofi and Johnson and Johnson. He moved to the US in 2011 to start a career in the entertainment industry. Loic is currently working at 20th Century Fox TV Distribution as a Worldwide Marketing Manager, responsible for creating strategies and international marketing opportunities for shows such as Glee, Modern Family, Homeland, The Simpsons, and 24.

Meet our Team

Linda Liau, MD, PhD, MBA
Professor and Chair

Robert Prins, PhD
Associate Professor

Isaac Yang, MD, FAANS
Associate Professor

Marvin Bergsneider, MD, FAANS
Professor and Residency Program Director

Nader Pouratian, MD, PhD, FAANS
Associate Professor and Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs

Anthony Wang, MD
Assistant Professor

Aria Fallah, MD, M.Sc., FRCSC
Assistant Professor

Ausaf Bari, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor

Daniel Lu, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS
Associate Professor

Duncan McBride, MD, FAANS
Associate Professor

Fredric Edelman, MD, FAANS
Clinical Professor

Gary Mathern, MD, FAANS

Geoffrey Colby, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

David Hovda, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs

Itzhak Fried, MD, PhD, FAANS

Jean-Philippe Langevin, MD, FAANS
Assistant Professor

Jorge Lazareff, MD, FAANS

Langston Holly, MD, FAANS
Professor and Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs

Luke Macyszyn, MD, MA
Assistant Professor

Manuel Buitrago Blanco, MD, PhD, FAANS
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology

Melvin Cheatham, MD, FAANS
Clinical Professor in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Paul Vespa, MD, FCCM, FAANS
Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology

Richard Everson, MD
Assistant Professor

Shayan Rahman, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor

Ulrich Batzdorf, MD, FAANS

Won Kim, MD
Assistant Professor

Nanthia Suthana, PhD
Assistant Professor