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Burke Rehabilitation Center Announces 2013 Burke Award Recipients to Be Honored at Upcoming Ceremony

Released May 29, 2013

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – May 29, 2013 – Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute announce its honorees for the 2013 Burke Awards as: Harry Carson, Marc Tesler, and George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D. The Burke Awards will be presented during the Burke Award Reception on June 12, 2013, from 6-10 p.m. at The Westchester Country Club, 99 Biltmore Avenue in Rye, N.Y.

“Burke is pleased to continue our tradition of recognizing those who have made distinguished contributions to rehabilitation medicine and those who have inspired us by overcoming great adversity themselves," said Mary Beth Walsh, M.D., CEO and executive medical director of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Burke Award is the most prestigious honor that is given by Burke Rehabilitation Center and its boards of directors. The award is presented to individuals or groups who have made great strides to overcome a disability, those who have dedicated time and effort to help others with disabilities, those who have made significant advances to science that have led to a better understanding of physical disability or for those who have contributed significantly to the field of physical rehabilitation. This year’s Burke Awards Reception will be hosted by John Berman, co-anchor of CNN’s morning show Early Start.

Harry Carson, Former NY Giant & NFL Hall of Famer

Harry Carson played as a linebacker for the New York Giants for his entire 13-year pro-football career. He was inducted into the National Football League’s Hall of Fame in 2006. Carson played in nine Pro Bowls, led the Giants in tackles for six seasons and was captain of the 1986 Giants who went on to win the Super Bowl in 1987. 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 the aftermath of traumatic brain injuries.

Marc Tesler, Retired Venture Capitalist & Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Burke’s Restorative Neurology Clinic

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. Tesler is also currently chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke, a new and innovative program offering robotic-assisted therapy to those with paralysis caused by neurological disease.

Dr. George D. Yancopoulos, Founding Scientist and President, Regeneron Laboratories & Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., is founding scientist and president Regeneron Laboratories and chief scientific officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He joined the company in 1989 and was the 11thmost highly cited scientist in the world in the 1990s. In 2004 Dr. Yancopoulos was elected to the National Academy of Sciences whose members serve as advisors to the nation on science, engineering and medicine. Dr. Yancopoulos is a principle inventor and developer of Regeneron’s FDA-approved drugs, which are primarily used for people who have visual and metabolic disorders, as well as cancer. Dr. Yancopoulos works with Burke Medical Research Institute to investigate new therapeutic approaches to treat macular degeneration.

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 to advancing the field of medical rehabilitation.          

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

About Burke Rehabilitation Center
Burke Rehabilitation Center comprises the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute. It is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital and is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Founded in 1915, Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Along with the hospital’s world renowned doctors and therapists providing state-of-the-art ­treatment, Burke Medical Research Institute 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. For additional information on Burke Rehabilitation Center or the Burke Award, please visit,



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