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VALHALLA, N.Y., May 24, 2012–New York Medical College will hold its annual fundraising gala, the Founder’s Dinner, on Thursday, June 14, 2012. The black tie event will take place at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, N.Y., with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m.

The gala event will pay tribute to two New York Medical College leaders who have served the College for decades: Karl P. Adler, M.D., immediate past president and chief executive officer, and Ralph A. O’Connell, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and former provost of the university. Drs. Adler and O’Connell will both be honored with the William Cullen Bryant Award, which recognizes those individuals who, in the tradition of the College’s founder, William Cullen Bryant, demonstrate distinguished leadership in health care, science, education, business or the arts.

Dr. Adler has been a faculty member since 1981 and holds the rank of professor of medicine. He led the College first as dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs and again, more than a decade later, as its president and chief executive officer. In the intervening years he served as president and chief executive officer of St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, chairman of the board and interim CEO of the Catholic Health Care System, now known as ArchCare, and as the Archbishop’s Delegate for Health Care in the Archdiocese of New York.

A member of the faculty since 1980, Dr. O’Connell served as vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and clinical director of psychiatry at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. He became provost of New York Medical College and dean of the School of Medicine in 1996. Prior to joining the College, he was assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College.

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