NYU Langone’s 2018 Musculoskeletal Ball Raises More than $1.2 Million

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NYU Langone Health raised $1.2 million at its annual Musculoskeletal Ball on November 1, 2018 at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. The event honored Christopher Kyriakides, DO, founder and medical director of New York Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation and co-founder and medical director of Health East Medical Alliance.

Also honored was Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD, associate professor of rehabilitation and medicine, vice chair for clinical operations, and medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Health’s Rusk Rehabilitation.

Each year, NYU Langone’s Musculoskeletal Ball raises funds to advance clinical care, education, and research at NYU Langone’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rusk Rehabilitation, and Division of Rheumatology.

Addressing 425 guests, Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone said, “Tonight, we recognize two outstanding honorees for their role in authoring the future of musculoskeletal medicine. It is a pleasure to be here to celebrate our shared accomplishments.”

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Beyond his work at New York Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation and Health East Medical Alliance, Dr. Kyriakides has spearheaded ventures in academia, serving as chief executive officer of a publicly-traded biotechnology company. During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Kyriakides successfully collaborated with the National Institute of Health and National Cancer Institute to develop a patient-specific immunotherapeutic vaccine for the treatment of B-cell lymphoma.

He currently serves as managing director for two other biotechnology companies involved in drug discovery; Anaplasi Pharmaceuticals and Trixogenesis. In addition his private practice service, Dr. Kyriakides is a faculty member at NYU Langone. In 1993, he completed his residency at Rusk Rehabilitation.

“Dr. Kyriakides is helping Rusk become the country’s leading engine for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation education, reaching all rehabilitation disciplines nationwide through a powerful learning management system,” said Steven R. Flanagan, MD, the Howard A. Rusk Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. “It gives me the greatest pleasure to award you this well-deserved honor.”

In addition to his roles within NYU Langone Health’s Departments of Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Whiteson serves as vice chair of clinical operations at Rusk Rehabilitation and director of the Joan & Joel Smilow Cardiac Rehabilitation & Prevention Center.

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As an investigator, he has spearheaded research into the rehabilitation of patients with advanced lung disease and congenital heart disease; examined patient outcomes following Left Ventricular Assist Device implantation and trans-catheter aortic valve replacement; and studied methods for promoting heart-healthy lifestyles in outpatients and for preventing the re-hospitalization of individuals with congestive heart failure.

“Dr. Whiteson aims to address a pressing need for services that help cardiopulmonary rehabilitation patients establish long-term wellness habits,” said Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. “Simple interventions like his can generate extraordinary benefits for our patients. We can help make those changes lasting ones, and prevent future medical episodes.”

Those who attended the Ball included; Joe Adams; Julia and Rouven Bergmann, PhD; Jodi and Tom Cangemi; Gary Cohn; Judith and Stewart Colton; Joanna Darling; Glen de Vries; Mindy Nam Dehnert;; Carol Feinberg; Sarah and David Fiszel; Alyse Levin and Mark Jacobson; Stephanie Blau Kramer and Ronald Kramer; Thomas A. Lee; Ilse Melamid; Clelia Parisi; Joshua Resnick; Tarek A. Sherif; Beryl Snyder and Steven Trost; and Ranjan Tandon

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