Hospital for Special Surgery Honors Renowned Scientists and Business Leader

Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, NY, NY | 06.18.2012 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has touched the lives of many, as evidenced by the enthusiastic turnout of supporters at its 29th Annual Tribute Dinner on June 18th. The event was hosted by NBC News Special Correspondent and host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Meredith Vieira, together with special guest Ronnie P. Barnes, Senior Vice President for Medical Services at the New York Giants. The program honored Johnson & Johnson Chairman, William C. Weldon; HSS Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chief Emeritus of Spine Service, Patrick F. O'Leary, MD, FACS; and Rockefeller University President Emeritus, Torsten N. Wiesel, MD, FRS. (left: Honoree William C. Weldon, Meredith Vieira, and HSS Board Co-Chair Dean O'Hare)

Notable attendees at the tribute dinner included artist Richard Serra, actors David McCallum and Peter Jacobson, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, and numerous leaders in the fields of science and business. The dinner was chaired by longtime supporters, HSS Trustees Kathryn C. Chenault and Patricia G. Warner; Chase and Stephanie Coleman; Citigroup Vice-Chairman/Chief Client Officer, Alan S. MacDonald; and Citigroup Honorary Chairman, William R. Salomon. The evening began with an elegant cocktail reception followed by dinner, an awards program. and dancing.

HSS Board Co-Chair Dean O'Hare presented the first award to Johnson & Johnson Chairman of the Board of Directors, William C. Weldon. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Weldon expanded the business to include more than 250 companies, specializing in products from prescription drugs and medical devices to personal care products. He is also on the Board of Directors of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and a member of the executive committee of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. Other memberships include The Business Council, The Business Roundtable, and the Healthcare Leadership Council.

HSS Board Member Dr. Thomas Kelly presented the Distinguished Service Award to Nobel prize-winning scientist, Torsten N. Wiesel, MD, FRS. Dr. Wiesel is President Emeritus of Rockefeller University and a member of the HSS Board of Trustees. He is on HSS's International Advisory Council and is former co-chair of the Board’s research advisory committee. In 1981, Dr. Wiesel shared the Nobel Prize with David Hubel for their research on the neural basis of perception. In 2005 he received the National Medal of Science.

HSS Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director, Dr. Thomas Sculco introduced his colleague, Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Patrick F. O'Leary, MD, FACS. Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chief Emeritus of Spine Service at HSS, Dr. O'Leary has been consistently named a top doctor in New York magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue and in several publications by Castle Connolly. A specialist in the surgical management of disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, his work has led to great advances in the field of spine surgery.

Founded in 1863, the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the country. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, and the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Specific areas of expertise include joint replacement, spine surgery, sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, pediatric orthopedics, limb lengthening and osteoporosis, and metabolic bone disease.

HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 2 in rheumatology, No. 19 in neurology, and No. 16 in geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report (2011-12), and has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS has been a recipient of Nursing’s highest honor, the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence, for three consecutive years, and has been recognized by Consumer Reports as the best hospital in New York City in terms of patient satisfaction. From 2007 to 2011, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases.

HSS provides physician services and athletic training for New York teams including the Knicks, Mets, Giants, Nets, Liberty, and Red Bulls; and for national entities including the US National Rowing Team, USA Swimming Team, Association of Tennis Professionals, and Federation Cup Tennis athletes.

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