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[Feburary 24, 2011]

Top Names in Science, Business, and Entertainment Join at “Celebrate Downstate”
April 2nd Gala to Benefit Medical Research

Legendary sports hero Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and actor Steven Schirripa will join leading figures in science, business, and education to celebrate SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s history of achievement.

Celebrate Downstate,” at the Plaza Hotel on April 2, is an evening of fine dining and dancing to support the work of SUNY Downstate’s clinical and basic researchers. 
“This event will help ensure that Downstate’s reputation as a leader in academic medicine, innovation, and entrepreneurship continues to grow,” says President John C. LaRosa, MD.
Hosted by News 4 New York reporter Brian Thompson, “Celebrate Downstate” will honor four leaders in science and innovation. A Lifetime Achievement Award will be given posthumously to Hugh J. Carroll, MD, a brilliant scientist and teacher at Downstate for more than 40 years; Raymond V. Damadian, MD, president and chairman of FONAR Corporation, will be recognized for scientific innovation for his role in inventing MRI technology; Herbert Pardes, MD, president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, will receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award; and David E. I. Pyott, chairman of the board and CEO of Allergan, Inc., will by honored for corporate achievement.

Douglas Lazzaro, MD, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and event chairman, says, “Celebrate Downstate is a wonderful opportunity to honor those who have advanced medicine and transformed lives.” He adds, “Funds raised will help spur research and pave the way for new breakthroughs in medicine and biotechnology.”

For more information, visit The deadline to purchase seating for the event is March 15. Individual seats cost $600; tables are $6,000. If you would like to make a contribution, email or go online to and select Celebrate Downstate.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.
SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.