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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