New York Medical College

2006 press releases



Valhalla, N.Y., September 8, 2006—New York Medical College will honor three distinguished individuals at its annual fundraising gala, the Founder’s Dinner. The event will take place on September 30 at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, N.Y.

Albert Willner, M.D. ’43, member of the Board of Trustees, will receive the William Cullen Bryant Award, named for the College’s founder. Since Dr. Willner graduated more than six decades ago, his notable career has spanned years in private practice as well as serving as orthopaedic chief of services at United Hospitals of Newark, N.J., the Crippled Children’s Hospital in Newark and West Hudson Hospital in Kearney, N.J., and clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Saverio S. Bentivegna, M.D. ’50, senior associate dean of the Fifth Pathway Program and professor of surgery, will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award for his years of leadership and contributions to the College community. In addition to his distinguished surgical career, including positions at Westchester Medical Center, Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospitals, Metropolitan Hospital Center and F.D.R. Veterans Administration Hospital, Dr. Bentivegna was a founding member of the American Trauma Society.

The Jackson E. Spears Community Service Award will be presented to Michael C. Caldwell, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of Health and immediate past president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). A distinguished lecturer in the College’s School of Public Health, Dr. Caldwell oversees the health of 290,000 people in an 800-square mile area with a budget of $30 million. He is a nationally recognized leader in the field of public health as well as in clinical research vaccine trials.

For more information, please contact the Office of University Development at (914) 594-4593.