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Barbash Family Endowed Chair

Two cases of exceptional care have inspired a family to endow a chair in North Shore-LIJ’s Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Alan Hartman, MD, chair of cardiothoracic surgery, is the first chair holder.

The Barbash family’s support was in recognition of the extraordinary care provided to Lillian and the late Murray Barbash by Dr. Hartman at Southside Hospital. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Hartman performed aortic valve replacement and double bypass surgery on Mr. Barbash, who remained an active skier and sailor until he was 88 years old. In fact, Mr. Barbash would send post cards to Dr. Hartman every year from whatever black diamond ski slopes he was conquering.

Dr. Hartman also performed double bypass surgery on Mrs. Barbash, 86, in May 2010. She, too, remains extremely active and very involved in the local community.

Prior to his death, Mr. Barbash reaffirmed his wish to establish the endowed chair bearing Dr. Hartman’s name. Mrs. Barbash says that she and her husband were “inspired by Dr. Hartman, who is a great surgeon and human being.” Following the announcement at the Southside Hospital’s 2013 Gala on October 26, Dr. Hartman expressed his gratitude for the philanthropic support that will allow him to advance his work. “I am humbled by this recognition from Lillian and the late Murray Barbash,” he said. “It takes special people like the Barbash family to create this kind of legacy.”


The Erlich Family

“It’s important to give back to an organization that helps other people,” state the Erlichs, who have supported North Shore-LIJ for the last 10 years. Barbara and Scott Erlich sought care for all of three of their children at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). Their relationship with CCMC became even more important, when their son David was a freshman in high school and fractured his left femur during a sledding accident.

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The Florina Rusi-Marke Cancer Foundation

The Florina Rusi-Marke Cancer Foundation was created as a way to honor the memory of Florina, who lived her life with optimism and full of energy until she lost her battle with breast cancer in 2003. Over the past five years the foundation has been able to carry on her legacy through its support of the cancer services at Staten Island University Hospital. These funds support programs that provide a relaxing and inviting environment for patients during treatment.

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Barbara Roux

Barbara Roux of Huntington, NY was preparing for an art show when she felt short of breath and experienced increasing pressure in her head. Feeling a surmounting amount of stress, Barbara decided to seek medical advice. Her initial uneasiness was assuaged through the caring hands of various technicians, nurses and doctors at Huntington Hospital. Following a successful surgery, Barbara made a gift and hopes it can be used to continue the work she feels the hospital does so well.

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The Richard Mark Smith Fund

The memory of Richard Mark Smith lives on thanks to his exceptionally caring family and friends, who established the Richard Mark Smith Fund to support the LIJ Ambulatory Chemotherapy and Transfusion Unit (ACT), under the direction of Dr. Kanti Rai, Chief, CLL Research and Treatment Program.

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The Joel Finkelstein Cancer Foundation

For more than 50 years, the Joel Finkelstein Cancer Foundation (JFCF) has been one of North Shore-LIJ’s most dedicated partners, making major investments in primary facilities, technology, and research. Over its impressive history, JFCF has raised significant funds through special events and other initiatives, rallying the community and making a difference. .

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Kathy De Rosa

Married with two children, Kathy De Rosa was diagnosed with hyperplastic polyposis syndrome at only 38 years of age, which, if left untreated, would result in colon cancer. She underwent extensive medical evaluations for this life-threatening condition. Following her successful surgery, Kathy set up a foundation to educate people about early detection and treatment and to raise funds for research.

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