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Burke Rehabilitation Center Announces 2012 Burke Award Winners

Released February 14, 2012

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“Burke Rehabilitation Center Announces 2012 Burke Award Winners”

WHITE PLAINS, NY – February 14, 2012 – The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute will honor Lauren Manning, Ron Cohen, M.D., and David Carmel with the 2012 Burke Award on June 7 at The Ritz Carlton of Westchester.

The Burke Award is the highest honor bestowed by Burke and its board of the directors. It is presented to individuals or groups who have demonstrated strength in overcoming a disability, those whose efforts have contributed to helping people with disability gain independence, those who have made significant contributions to science that led to a better understanding of physical disability or for those who have made contributions to the development of rehabilitation.

“Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to continue its tradition of recognizing those who have made significant contributions to the disabled and those who have inspired us by overcoming great adversity," said Mary Beth Walsh, M.D., CEO, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

Manning is a 9/11 survivor who completed her rehabilitation at Burke after suffering catastrophic burns on more than 80 percent of her body during the Sept. 11 attacks. The story of her strength and battle for survival has been chronicled in the media and in her New York Times bestselling memoir, Unmeasured Strength, published in September 2011.

Manning was chosen as one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year for 2002. She was selected as one of 15 Extraordinary Women of 2003 by Biography Magazine, and CNN named her one of the most intriguing newsmakers of the past 25 years. She received a national award from the American Occupational Therapy Association, and was chosen to carry the Olympic flame as part of the New York leg of the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay. Manning was honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, by the Anti-Defamation League, and received the Norman Vincent Peale Award from the Blanton Peale Institute. She was the subject of her husband’s New York Times bestseller, Love, Greg & Lauren, published in 2002.

Dr. Cohen is the founder, president and CEO of Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., a company dedicated to the development of therapies that could restore neurological function and improve the lives of people with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and other neurological damage. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Biotechnology Industry Organization and chairman of its Emerging Company Section. Dr. Cohen has received numerous awards for his work including the NeuroInvestment’s CEO of the Year Award, and has been inducted to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association’s Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame. Last year, he was recognized by the New York Biotechnology Association as “The Cure Starts Here” Business Leader of the Year.

Carmel is co-founder of Carmel Asset Management, a private investment partnership in New York City. Previously, he worked on the California Stem Cell and Cure Initiative that was approved by voters for $3 billion in research funds. Subsequently, he advised Governors Spitzer and Paterson on the creation of the $600 million Empire State Stem Cell Trust which supports leading stem cell researchers in New York State. He is a founding board member of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, a former board member of the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board, and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. In 2002, Carmel was one of 13 non-partisan White House Fellows appointed by President George W. Bush and was awarded the Secretary’s Honor Award, the Treasury Department’s highest honor. He has been named one of Esquire magazine’s “Best and Brightest.”

This year’s winners will join an esteemed group which includes Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, late actor and medical research activist Christopher Reeve and paralympic gold medalist Sarah Will, among other extraordinary individuals.

The Burke Awards will be presented during the Burke Award Reception that will be held from 6-9 p.m. on June 7 at The Ritz Carlton of Westchester, 3 Renaissance Square in White Plains. For more information about the Burke Award, please contact Tracey Bogart at (914) 597-2294 or via email at

About Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ¬treatment, while research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological and pulmonary medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.

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