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NYU Langone Musculoskeletal Ball
A Night at the Museum
The American Museum of Natural History provided a playful backdrop to the 2015 Musculoskeletal Ball, where attendees enjoyed dinner, cocktails, and a live auction to raise crucial funds for NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases, Center for Musculoskeletal Care, and Rusk Rehabilitation.
The evening celebrated NYU Langone’s international leadership in orthopaedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation medicine, and honored Julia Koch, philanthropist and advocate of NYU Langone’s musculoskeletal services at the Medical Center, as well as Mrs. Koch’s physician, Roy I. Davidovitch, MD. Dr. Davidovitch is the director of NYU Langone’s Hip Center, and was the first surgeon in New York City to provide same-day hip replacement surgery. Mrs. Koch herself received same-day surgery from Dr. Davidovitch and his team, and told the audience at the event that she was walking without pain by that afternoon. Dr. Davidovitch commented, “The healthcare environment is changing rapidly. We are accountable to our patients’ outcomes more than ever. NYU Langone is leading orthopaedic surgery across this threshold. I invite you all to join us on this journey as we lead from the front and forge ahead.” Read more from Dr. Davidovitch's speech here.
The spirited live auction at the Musculoskeletal Ball, co-emceed by Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, the Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Gary Cohn, trustee and Musculoskeletal Advisory Board chair, secured generous support for collaborative research projects, summer programs for children affected by orthopaedic or neurological impairments, and community outreach programs.
“Our musculoskeletal enterprise really is quite special,” Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO, remarked to the packed room of guests. “And it is critical to our efforts to provide superior patient care—especially now, as we face the task of preserving quality of life for an aging population. No doubt, successful aging requires successful interventions. Because of all of you, NYU Langone is and will be uniquely positioned to provide them.”
Gala Chair: Gary D. Cohn
Honorees: Roy I. Davidovitch, MD, and Julia Koch