WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The inaugural Doctors of Distinction awards program, which recognizes the work of local doctors, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at The Bristal in White Plains, 305 North St.
Being honored are:
Jeffrey Sherman, of Westchester Anesthesiologists, will receive the Humanitarian Award in recognition of his surgical missions, which have impacted and significantly improved and enhanced the quality of life for children and young adults in the region, nationwide and worldwide.
Argyrios Stampas, of The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, and Robert Raniolo, of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, will share the Community Service Award in recognition of their outstanding service to their communities in providing medical and patient care services for people in need.
Director of The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program and formerly affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Stampas is part of the evolving movement in rehabilitation that is focusing on the repair and restoration of the damaged nervous system.
A trauma-trained and board-certified general surgeon, Raniolo has maintained a private surgical practice in Westchester since 1988 and is know for his generosity in helping people in need, especially those who can not pay for medical services.
Robert Amler of New York Medical College, will receive the Medical Entrepreneur Award in recognition of his creative work in the public health sector and his ability to help build out clinical training facilities for biotechnology, disaster medicine and clinical skills, as well as a biotech incubator to attract researchers and start-up firms in early-stage development of new drugs, vaccine strains and medical safety devices and apps at New York Medical College.
Jason Carmel, of Burke Medical Research Institute, will receive the Research Excellence Award in recognition of his clinical research in studying ways to repair the brain-spinal cord connections using activity-based therapies, including electrical stimulation and motor training.
Avraham Merav, of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a lifetime career in medical service for the community respected by his peers and the public he serves.
Lawrence Faltz, of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, will receive the Leadership in Medical Advocacy Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership in advocacy on behalf of the medical profession at the local, state and national level and his tireless efforts to help fellow physicians.