The Burke Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Directors of the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the Burke Medical Research Institute. It 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.
This year, Burke's leadership is pleased to announce that the Burke Award will be presented to:
George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D.
Founding Scientist, Chief Scientific Officer, President, Regeneron Laboratories
George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., joined Regeneron Laboratories in 1989 as its Founding Scientist and is currently President and Chief Scientific Officer of the company. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Yancopoulos was the 11th most highly cited scientist in the world in the 1990s, and in 2004 he was elected to be a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Yancopoulos is principle inventor and developer of Regeneron's three FDA-approved drugs used primarily for neurological disorders.
Former New York Giant, NFL Great and Hall of Famer
Harry Carson played his entire 13-year NFL career with the New York Giants. An inside linebacker, he was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls, including seven in a row from 1982-88. Carson led the Giants in tackles six times, was a two-time All-NFL selection and was a leader throughout his career, and was captain of the 1986 Giants who went on to win Super Bowl XXI in 1987. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Today, Mr. Carson is an advocate for health-related issues, including Traumatic Brain Injury, affecting men and specifically former NFL players.
Retired Venture Capitalist and Burke Advisor
Marc Tesler has been a technology investor and venture capitalist for his entire career and was instrumental in growing two separate private equity firms from startup to over $2 billion in assets; first at Citicorp Investment Management (later known as Chancellor Capital Management), and then at Technology Crossover Ventures, which is now a leading provider of growth capital to information technology companies. Now retired, Mr. Tesler serves as a board member of Capital Access Network, the largest, non-bank alternative capital provider to small businesses in the U.S. and a special advisor to Burke for new projects.
The 2013 Burke Award Dinner to be held in honor of our award recipients will be held on June 12 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY.
The success of the Burke Award depends on the generosity of our community. We'd love to count on your support to make the 2013 Burke Award the best ever. If you are interested in attending, please contact (914) 597-2222. If you would like to be a sponsor for this event, please contact Colleen Borrelli at (914) 597-2849.
For more news and announcements about the 2013 Burke Award, visit www.burke.org.