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NYU Langone Musculoskeletal Ball 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018
425 Supporters in attendance
$1.2M Raised

More Than $1.2M Raised to Support Initiatives in Orthopedics, Rheumatology, and Rehabilitation

NYU Langone Health raised over $1.2 million at its annual Musculoskeletal Ball on November 1, 2018. Held at the American Museum of Natural History, the event honored Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD, a pioneer of rehabilitation services for patients recovering from cardiac and pulmonary conditions, and Chris L. Kyriakides, DO, a beloved doctor at NYU Langone and a philanthropist on its Musculoskeletal Advisory Board.

The Musculoskeletal Ball supports an array of efforts in clinical care, education, and research across orthopedics, rehabilitation, and rheumatology. U.S. News & World Report routinely names all three musculoskeletal programs among the best in the nation, and this year NYU Langone was once again the only organization in New York to rank among the top 10 in all three areas.

“To commit to our musculoskeletal program is to take responsibility for furthering a storied legacy in research and care that extends for more than a century,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, NYU Langone’s Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO. “I am extremely proud that we continue to add exciting new chapters to that legacy.”

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, Robert I. Grossman, MD, Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD, Chris Kyriakides, DO, Steven R. Flanagan, MD at the NYU Langone Musculoskeletal Ball 2018.


Chris L. Kyriakides, DO, FAAPMR

Chris L. Kyriakides, DO, FAAPMR

A distinguished member of NYU Langone Health’s medical staff, Christopher Kyriakides, DO is founder and medical director of New York Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation and co-founder and medical director of Health East Medical Alliance, a multi-specialty practice and ambulatory surgery center. Beyond his clinical work, he 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 (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a patient-specific immunotherapeutic vaccine for the treatment of B-cell lymphoma. He was able to include NYU in this endeavor which became crucial in their recertification as a comprehensive cancer center with the NCI. He currently serves as managing director for two other biotechnology companies involved in drug discovery; Anaplasi Pharmaceuticals and Trixogenesis. 

Dr. Kyriakides completed his undergraduate education at NYU, medical education at NYCOM, and is a proud graduate of NYU Rusk Institute for his residency training. He and his wife of 31 years, Anna, have four children. He remains dedicated to medical education, mentorship, and patient care. 

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Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD, FAAPMR

Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD, FAAPMR

Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD, FAAPMR is an associate professor in NYU Langone Health’s Departments of Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine. A highly respected leader within the institution, Dr. Whiteson serves as vice chair of clinical operations at Rusk Rehabilitation and director of the Joan & Joel Smilow Cardiac Rehabilitation & Prevention Center. As an investigator, he has spearheaded research into the rehabilitation of patients with advanced heart and 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 earned his medical degree at University of London, and he completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as a fellowship in cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation at NYU Langone. He has published and lectured widely on cardiac and pulmonary health, rehabilitation, and physical medicine.

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