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NYU Langone Medical Center’s 2013 Musculoskeletal Ball Raises More than $2 Million in Critical Funds to Support Musculoskeletal Research and Care

More than 650 Guests Attend Event to Honor Frank Schwab, MD, chief of the Spinal Deformity Service at NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases, and Barbara Novick, Vice Chairman of BlackRock; Isabella Rossellini Served as Guest Speaker

NYU Langone Medical Center’s Musculoskeletal Ball raised more than $2 million at its annual fundraiser held on November 12, 2013 at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. The event honored Frank Schwab, MD, chief, Spinal Deformity, Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Langone (HJD), and Barbara G. Novick, vice chairman of BlackRock, and was chaired by Gary D. Cohn, president and COO of Goldman Sachs, NYU Langone trustee, and chair of the Musculoskeletal Advisory Board.

Each year the event raises funds to help the medical center improve the quality of life for people with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders by advancing research and clinical care. Additionally, contributions enable NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD), the Center for Musculoskeletal Care (CMC), and Rusk Rehabilitation to continue the medical center’s vital role as an international leader in orthopaedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation medicine. The medical center again received top 10 rankings in these specialty areas on the 2013-2014 U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “Best Hospitals” in America.

Those in attendance included: Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, and Elisabeth Cohen, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center Board Chair Ken Langone and Elaine Langone, Lisa Pevaroff and Gary Cohn, Barbara and Barry Novick, Frank Schwab, MD, Isabella Rossellini, Janette and Armen Avanessians, Patricia Dugan-Perlmuth and William Perlmuth, Charles Hallac, Richard Kushel, Ellen and Jim Riley, Jr., Alex Sapir, and Kathryn Wylde.

“Tonight we recognize Dr. Frank Schwab, a world-renowned surgeon, and Barbara Novick a longtime friend of NYU Langone and community-minded leader, for their commitment to advancing patient-centered musculoskeletal care at NYU Langone,” said Dean Grossman, addressing more than 650 guests. “I would also like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our guests for your generosity, as your philanthropy gives us additional opportunities we might not otherwise have to improve the lives of our patients,” he continued.

Special guest speaker, actress and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini said, “I was successfully treated for scoliosis as a child, but it is a condition that can still present challenges in adulthood. Dr. Frank Schwab skillfully operated on me a second time, 46 years after the first operation by Dr. Alberto Ponte. Not only Dr. Schwab’s knife, but also his kindness and his delightful sense of humor, restored in me the confidence to stand tall and move forward in life.”

The evening’s Physician Co-Chairs, in addition to Dr. Grossman, were: Steven Abramson, MD, senior vice president and vice dean for education, faculty, and academic affairs; the Frederick H. King Professor of Internal Medicine; chair of the Department of Medicine; and professor, Departments of Medicine and Pathology, NYU School of Medicine; Andrew D. Rosenberg, MD, professor and interim-chair, Department of Anesthesiology, professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chief of anesthesiology, Hospital for Joint Diseases; and Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, the Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, surgeon-in-chief, HJD.

Dr. Schwab, in addition to his leadership roles at NYU Langone, is a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery. He has earned an international reputation as a leader and innovator in the field of spinal surgery for his pioneering work in complex deformity outcomes, fusion-less scoliosis correction, and surgical planning and simulation of spinal reconstruction. Dr. Schwab has also written and co-authored over 300 presented abstracts as well as 82 peer-reviewed articles, and frequently lectures and leads training programs on topics in spine surgery. Dr. Schwab works extensively with the spine research lab at NYU Langone. Their current areas of investigation include outcomes-based analyses of spinal deformity, realignment optimization through modeling and pre-operative simulation, and treatment algorithms for complex spinal pathology.

Ms. Novick is a member of BlackRock's Global Executive and Global Operating Committees and chairs the Government Relations Steering Committee. From the inception of the firm in 1988 to 2008, Ms. Novick headed the Global Client Group and oversaw global business development, marketing and client service across equity, fixed income, liquidity, alternative investment and real estate products for institutional and inpidual investors and their intermediaries worldwide. In her current role, Ms. Novick heads the firm’s efforts globally on Government Relations and Public Policy. Ms. Novick earned a BA degree, cum laude, in economics from Cornell University in 1981.

Musculoskeletal experts at NYU Langone offer the full spectrum of integrated musculoskeletal care, including orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, imaging, and pain management, to provide coordinated, comprehensive diagnostics and treatments for patients.

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