UJA-Federation of New York held its virtual Long Island Healthcare Professionals Reception on April 21, 2021, honoring DR. David L. Battinelli, Dr. Eugene G. Herman, Dr. Peter Silver, and Dr. Lora Weiselberg for their commitment to philanthropy.
The event featured special guest Amar’e Stoudemire, basketball star, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, who spoke about his Jewish journey.
Battinelli received the Dr. Edward Meilman Community Service Award. In his acceptance speech, he commented on the impact COVID has had on the way we live. “It has altered the way we work, the way we think, and the way we treat each other. I can think of no other time during my career in medicine where we have been as challenged to rise to the occasion and support our communities. This crisis and tragedy has revealed the best of humanity and ideals that we must continue to move forward.”
Battinelli, a board-certified internist, is responsible for the overall professional management of clinical, education, research, and operational issues related to medical and clinical affairs at Northwell Health and is also the vice dean and the Betsey Cushing Whitney Professor of Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine.
Hermanis an oral surgeon with a private practice in Rockville Centre. He received the Humanitarian of the Year award by his alma mater, Washington University School of Dental Medicine in 2016. He has made 45 trips with Remote Area Medical (RAM),which provides free dental care to disadvantaged patients. He also served on the board of the Kehillath Shalom Synagogue in Cold Spring Harbor and spearheaded the renovations of the old residence, transforming it into the current synagogue.
Silver is the medical director of Cohen Children’s Medical Center, and previous chief of Cohen’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He serves on numerous Northwell, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Children’s Hospital Association committees.
Weiselberg practiced medical oncology/hematology for 39 years prior to retiring in November 2020 and is an associate professor of medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. She is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, a member of the New York Times Superdoctors, and the recipient of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute Patient Care Award and Patient’s Choice Award.