New York Medical College

2005 press releases



Valhalla, N.Y., September 7, 2005—New York Medical College will honor three distinguished individuals at its annual fundraising gala known as the Founder’s Dinner. The event will take place on October 1 at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, N.Y.

Richard J. Bellucci, M.D., former professor and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, will receive the William Cullen Bryant Award, named for the College’s founder. Dr. Bellucci is a pioneer in the field of otologic surgery, helping to pioneer the use of a microscope during surgery. He was among the first surgeons to perform the Stapes Mobilization procedure to restore hearing. He also is the designer of special instruments including the “Bellucci microscissors,” used throughout the world.

Gerard D. Robilotti, M.S., executive vice president of Danbury Hospital, and president of the Danbury Hospital Development Fund, serves as associate dean at the College as well as executive vice president of Danbury Health Systems, the parent corporation of affiliated Danbury Hospital. Mr. Robilotti is a fellow of the Royal Society of Health, the New York Academy of Medicine and The American College of Healthcare Executives, and he is active in a variety of civic and community organizations. He will receive the College’s Distinguished Service Award.

Sister Virginia Hanrahan, O.P., is president and chief executive officer of the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, a community-based, non-profit home health agency serving Westchester and Suffolk counties and the Bronx, whose mission is to provide health care to persons in need, with a special emphasis on care of the poor, the marginalized and the elderly. Sr. Hanrahan will be presented with the Jackson E. Spears Community Service Award, named for the late College trustee who served the College for almost 60 years.

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