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Burke Rehabilitation Center Honors Retired Venture Capitalist and Burke Medical Research Institute Adviser with 2013 Burke Award

Published June 3, 2013

 Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute will honor Marc Tesler with the 2013 Burke Award at the Burke Award Reception on June 12, 2013. The awards dinner will be held from 6-10 p.m. at The Westchester Country Club, 99 Biltmore Avenue in Rye, N.Y.

"Burke is pleased to honor Marc Tesler for his contribution and support to the disabled and for his advisory work for the Restorative Neurological Clinic at Burke," said Mary Beth Walsh, M.D., CEO and executive medical director, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

Marc Tesler is a retired technology investor and venture capitalist. Over the course of his career, Tesler was able to grow two separate private equity firms from startup to more than $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. Tesler now serves as board member of Capital Access Network, the largest non-bank, alternative capital provider to small businesses in the U.S.

In 2007, Tesler had a stroke but never gave up on making his fullest possible recovery. In his relentless quest to seek out all possible treatments, he was connected to Burke and its Medical Research Institute, where he received state-of-the-art robotics therapy aimed at increasing mobility. But it wasn't enough for him to simply be a patient at Burke. He began to think of others who might benefit from this type of innovative therapy and started working with Burke's scientists and caregivers to bring advanced therapies like robotics to those who've had strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

"It's my personal goal to see that those who can't afford this treatment and country's veterans also have access to therapies provided at Burke," Tesler said.

With the combined efforts of Tesler and Burke's robotics therapy team, theBurke Restorative Neurology Clinic was born. The Restorative Neurology Clinic aims to assist patients regain movement through robot-assisted therapy. It is appropriate for those with decreased range of motion caused by neurological illness or injury such as stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury, and those whose motor recovery has stalled. Tesler is actively involved with the clinic and currently serves as the chairman of its Advisory Committee. Tesler lives in Boca Raton, Fla.

In addition to Tesler, two other individuals will be honored with the 2013 Burke Award: Harry Carson and George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D. Carson played as a linebacker for the New York Giants for 13 years and was inducted into the National Football League's Hall of Fame in 2006. Carson is now a spokesperson on concussions in sports, an advisor to brain injury groups and an advocate for athletes and veterans who live with traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Yancopoulos is the president of Regeneron Laboratories and chief scientific officer for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Yancopoulos works with the Burke Medical Research Institute to investigate new therapeutic approaches to treat disorders in the nervous and vision systems.

This year's winners will join an esteemed group of individuals who have contributed greatly to the field of medical rehabilitation, including Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, late actor and medical research activist Christopher Reeve, Paralympic gold medalist Sarah Will, 9/11 survivor Lauren Manning, among other extraordinary individuals. Burke Rehabilitation Center is very grateful to all of its award recipients for their dedication and effort advancing medical rehabilitation.

For more information about the Burke Award, please contact Allison Galligan at (914) 597-2222 or via email at agalligan@burke.org.

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