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New York Medical College Honors Nobel Prize Winner and Celebrated Community Health Professionals at Annual Founder’s Dinner

Event Honored William C. Campbell, Ph.D., Felix Wimpfheimer, M.D. ’45, and Judith M. Watson, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.H. ’07, for Transformative Achievements

Date: October 16, 2018
2018 Founder\'s Dinner Awardees
2018 Founder's Dinner Awardees
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Valhalla, N.Y. – On Sunday, October 14, 2018, New York Medical College (NYMC) hosted its Founder’s Dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Tarrytown, N.Y. The annual fundraising event brought together more than 300 academic, healthcare, business and community leaders, to celebrate NYMC’s proud history and promising future and to honor distinguished community leaders for their impactful and transformative achievements. Proceeds directly benefit NYMC students through supporting scholarships and important initiatives.

This year’s event honored:

William C. Campbell, Ph.D., The William Cullen Bryant Award recipient. Dr. Campbell is the 2015 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, who served as an adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology at NYMC for 25 years from 1985 to 2009.

Felix Wimpfheimer, M.D. ‘45, The Alfred B. DelBello Distinguished Service Award recipient. Escaping Nazi persecution, Dr. Wimpfheimer later graduated from NYMC in 1945 and has served his community with excellence through his work as an internist, endocrinologist and educator for over half a century. 

Judith M. Watson, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.H. ’07, The Jackson E. Spears Community Service Award recipient. Ms. Watson graduated from NYMC in 2007 and is the executive director at the Greenburgh Health Center, where she spearheaded the 2005 merger of Greenburgh Health Center and the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Network.

“Our annual Founder’s Dinner brings together the New York Medical College community to celebrate everything the school has accomplished in the past year, as well as some of our most distinguished faculty and alumni,” said Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., NYMC Chancellor and CEO. “As we celebrate what has already been accomplished, we are also able to support the next generation of graduates through the scholarship funds raised. We thank everyone who was able to attend.”

View the photos from the 2018 Founder’s Dinner.


NYMC Founder's Dinner 2018

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Founded in 1860, New York Medical College is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with nearly 1,500 students and 330 residents and clinical fellows, more than 2,600 faculty members and 23,500 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, a School of Dental Medicine and a School of Nursing.