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NYU Langone Medical Center’s 2014 Musculoskeletal Ball Raises Over $2 Million to Support Care, Education, and Research

Nearly 450 Guests Attend Event to Honor Mindy Nam Dehnert and Mark Dehnert, and Steven R. Flanagan, MD

NYU Langone Medical Center’s Musculoskeletal Ball raised over $2 million at its annual fundraiser held on November 12, 2014 at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. The event honored Mindy Nam Dehnert, member of the Musculoskeletal Advisory Board, Mark Dehnert, managing director at Goldman Sachs, and Steven R. Flanagan, MD, the Howard A. Rusk Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, and chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Gary D. Cohn, president and COO of Goldman Sachs, chaired the event.  

The event also commemorated the 25th anniversary of NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. The Harkness Center is an international leader in evidence-based, affordable care, education, and research for professional dancers in New York City and around the world. The first center of its kind, Harkness staff members also train physicians and therapists from other states and countries.

Each year, the ball raises funds to advance clinical care, education, and research at the Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD), Center for Musculoskeletal Care (CMC), and Rusk Rehabilitation. In addition, funds help continue NYU Langone’s international leadership in orthopaedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation medicine, specialties that have received top 10 rankings in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “Best Hospitals” for 25 consecutive years. 

“Tonight we honor three individuals who have each, in a very short period of time, had an outstanding impact on our progress,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO at NYU Langone, addressing nearly 450 guests.

Last year the Dehnerts helped establish the Goldman Sachs Dehnert Family Pediatric Rehabilitation Integrative Health Program at Rusk, a multidisciplinary program for pediatric patients and their families that includes adaptive yoga, therapeutic massage, Reiki, and relaxation techniques.

Dr. Flanagan specializes in rehabilitation for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and other central nervous system conditions, and conducts research in these areas. Each year, he is recognized as a top doctor on Castle Connolly and New York magazine listings.

Those in attendance included: Ronald Blaylock, Joanna and Ron Darling, Sylvie and Lee Millstein, Robert I. Grossman, MD, and Elisabeth Cohen, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center Board Chair Ken Langone and Elaine Langone, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn and Gary Cohn, and Patricia Dugan-Perlmuth and William Perlmuth.

In addition to Dr. Grossman and Dr. Flanagan, the evening’s Physician Co-Chairs 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, Department of Medicine, and professor, Departments of Medicine and Pathology; Jill P. Buyon, MD, professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology; Donald J. Rose, MD, current and founding director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, and clinical associate professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, HJD; Andrew D. Rosenberg, MD, Dorothy Reaves Spatz MD Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery, and chief of anesthesiology, HJD; Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, the Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, surgeon-in-chief, HJD; and David S. Weiss, MD, associate director of the Harkness Center and clinical associate professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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