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Burke Award

The Burke Award is conferred upon an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the field of rehabilitation, either through personal achievements, the development of research or the establishment of programs and facilities to assist individuals with disabilities. It recognizes strength and courage in overcoming the challenge of a disability or a significant contribution to the understanding of physical disability. It remains the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Directors of the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the Burke Medical Research Institute.

The leadership of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Medical Research Institute is pleased to announce that our annual Burke Award Dinner will be held on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains, New York.

We will be presenting our prestigious Burke Award to:

  • J.J. Buchanan, Wellness Coach & Patient Advocate
  • Stephen Buchanan, Retired Financial Executive & Former Professional Athlete
  • Laurane Magliari, Entrepreneur, Financial Executive & Retired Corporate Executive
  • Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., President, The Rockefeller University

The Burke Award Dinner is our premier fundraiser. The proceeds from this event support the shared goals of the Hospital and Research Institute to provide outstanding rehabilitative care to all patients suffering from disabling illnesses and injuries while simultaneously working to develop new treatments to help countless patients regain their health and rebuild their lives.

For more information about this year's event, please contact Allison Galligan at (914) 597-2222  or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Colleen Borrelli at (914) 597-2849

Sponsor the 2014 Burke Award

The Burke Award would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors who support Burke's mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from a debilitating illness or traumatic injury.

If you or your company would like to sponsor the 2014 Burke Award, please contact Colleen Borrelli, Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations, at (914) 597-2849 or at

2014 Burke Award Sponsors


New York Presbyterian Healthcare System


O’Connor Davies, LLP
Cuddy & Feder LLP
Jeffrey H. Salzman
Epstein Becker & Green
Hospital for Special Surgery
Jo-Ann & Michael Rapaport
Maverick Capital Charities
WESTMED Medical Group
Montefiore Medical Center
Karen and Dave Thomas


Summit Strategies Group
The Bristal Assisted Living Communities
Cathy & John R. McCarthy Associates, Inc.
The Baldoni Family
Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester
Sound Communications

Grant Thornton, LLP
George A. Hambrecht           
Intermarket Corporation
Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP
Fiduciary Trust International
Drs. Karen and Paul Pechman
Bleakley, Platt & Schmidt, LLP
Lynda F. Gould
Bioness, Inc.
Proskauer Rose, LLP

2014 Burke Award Honorary Committee

Jessica & Brad Berman
Rena & Martin Blackman
Kirsten & David Carmel
Jennifer Carter
Ron Cohen, M.D.
Peter De Luca
Honorable Joseph Delfino
Kate & Steve Grasso
Cindy Johnson
Harvey Kelsey, Jr.
Mary Libby
Nancy Lieberman & Mark Ellman
Honorable Nita Lowey
Nancy & Roger Lynch
Barbara & Daniel Monohan
Paul Richter
Geri Shapiro
Roberta & Alex Solowey, M.D.
Jean & Donald Stone
Ellen & Marc Tesler
George Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D.
Karen & David Thomas

Burke Award Videos

See how Burke Award winners have helped better the lives of those with disability and further advancements in rehabilitation medicine.

2014 Videos
2013 Videos

2012 Videos

Burke Award Photo Galleries

Burke Award Past Recipients