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NYU Langone Health Raises $1.3 Million at Musculoskeletal Ball

NYU Langone Health Raises $1.3 Million at Musculoskeletal Ball

It was another beautiful night in New York City for gala season. Over at the American Museum of Natural History NYU Langone Health raised more than $1.3 Million at its annual Musculoskeletal Ball on November 14.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Dr. Joseph Zuckerman, Dr. Robert Grossman and Musculoskeletal Ball Honorees Patrick A. Meere, MD, CM, Sophie Nicholson and Tarek A. Sherif attend the NYU Langone Health’s 2017 Musculoskeletal Ball on November 14, 2017 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for NYU Langone Health) (PRNewsfoto/NYU Langone Health)

The fantastic event honored Patrick A. Meere, MD; Tarek A. Sherif, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Medidata Solutions; and his wife Sophie Nicholson. Chairing the event was S. Steven Yang, MD, MPH, clinical professor of orthopedic surgery and director of clinical affairs, Division of Hand Surgery.

The evening began with a lovely cocktail hour as guests toasted champagne under the grand dinosaurs in the famed hall of the museum.

Each year, NYU Langone’s Musculoskeletal Ball raises funds to advance clinical care, education, and research at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, Rusk Rehabilitation, and NYU Langone Orthopedic Center. In addition, funds support the continuation of NYU Langone’s international leadership in orthopedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation medicine. All three musculoskeletal departments ranked among the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Addressing more than 400 guests, Robert I. Grossman, MD, the Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone said, “It’s a thrill to celebrate our first Musculoskeletal Ball as NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and NYU Langone Orthopedic Center. These new names reflect our continuing integration as an institution, and speak philosophically to our larger goal of providing a seamless continuum of care for our patients.”

The evening’s honoree, Dr. Meere, is a knee and hip surgeon and co-director of the orthopedic robotic surgery program. Dr. Meere specializes in developing and using advanced techniques and emerging technologies, such as robotic-assisted surgery and sensors for smart implants. He leads NYU Langone’s same day and rapid discharge initiative for people who require knee surgery.

Dr. Meere spoke elegantly at the event about the appreciation for the ever-evolving field of medicine. There is a great level of respect for past techniques merging with future endeavors, which was a strong message carried throughout the gala.

“We have work to do and this is a great opportunity to expose our cause,” stated the honoree.

With the goal of improving care for his patients, Dr. Meere founded and co-leads the Advanced Arthroplasty Research Laboratory, where he studies joint replacement in collaboration with researchers at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and faculty at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Also honored was Tarek Sherif and his wife, Sophie Nicholson, for their support of a wide range of social causes including the International Women’s Health Coalition, Students on Ice, Partnership Fund for New York City, and Defy Ventures. Sophie and Tarek are also avid supporters of NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, where Tarek is a member of the Musculoskeletal Advisory Board.

A co-founder of Medidata Solutions, Tarek Sherif has served as CEO since 2001 and chairman since 2009. Tarek has led Medidata from startup to a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for clinical research. Sophie Nicholson’s career has focused on the life sciences industry; clinical development was the focus of her efforts with Amgen, where she worked on novel cancer therapies.

“The work of tonight’s honorees exemplifies the fact that NYU Langone is at the forefront of innovation,” said Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD. “Dr. Meere’s pioneering efforts in robotic surgery and sensor technology, and Tarek and Sophie’s dedication to advancing medicine are just part of what makes our orthopedics, rehabilitation and rheumatology programs world class.”

Those who attended the Ball included Judith and Stewart Colton; Marie and Charles DeBenedittis; Jason Flom; Bob Gottesman; Chinita and Michael Hard; Julia Koch; Helene Safdie-Levy and Ira Levy; Ilse Melamid; Kally and Othon Mourkakos: Clelia Parisi; Judith Regan; Loree Rodkin; Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum; Joaquin Viso; Kathryn Wylde.

In addition to Dean Grossman, physician co-chairs for the evening included Steven Abramson, MD, the Frederick H. King Professor of Internal Medicine, chair of the Department of Medicine, professor in the Department of Pathology, and senior vice president and vice dean for education, faculty, and academic affairs; Jill P. Buyon, MD, the Lady Va and Sir Deryck Maughan Professor of Rheumatology and director of the Division of Rheumatology; Steven R. Flanagan, MD, the Howard A. Rusk Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Andrew D. Rosenberg, MD, the Dorothy Reaves Spatz, MD, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine, and professor in the departments of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine, and Orthopedic Surgery; and Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

NYU Langone Health is a world-class, patient-centered, integrated academic medical center, known for its excellence in clinical care, research, and education. Included in the 200+ locations throughout the New York area are five inpatient locations: Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute-care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation, ranked as one of the top 10 rehabilitation programs in the country; NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, a dedicated inpatient orthopedic hospital with all musculoskeletal specialties ranked top 10 in the country; Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children’s health services; and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, a full-service teaching hospital and level 1 trauma center located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Also part of NYU Langone Health is the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center, and NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. For more information, go to, and interact with us on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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