May 19, 2017
Four men in tuxedos stand on a stage. One holds an award.

Bashar H. Fahoum, MD, received the Lewis S. Pilcher Award. (Left to Right) James W. Perkins, Esq., chair of the NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Board, Dr. Fahoum, Gerard T. Lombardo, MD, president of the Hospital’s Medical Board, and Richard Liebowitz, MD, president of the Hospital.

Brooklyn, New York - On Saturday, May 13, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital held its major annual fundraiser. The “License to Heal”-themed gala event was held at the Brooklyn Museum and featured dinner, dancing, presentations and an award ceremony in honor of Bashar H. Fahoum, MD, medical director of the trauma program at the Hospital.

Dr. Fahoum received the Lewis S. Pilcher Award in recognition of nearly three decades of service to NYP Brooklyn Methodist. This award is the Hospital’s highest honor to a physician and is presented to a distinguished leader who has made significant contributions to NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

After graduating from the School of Medicine at Damascus University in 1988, Dr. Fahoum began his surgical residency at the Hospital. “Surgery was all I ever wanted to do,” said Dr. Fahoum. “I come from a family of surgeons and physicians and never thought twice about it—I was always going to be a surgeon.” He was hired by the Hospital as an attending general surgeon and the director of surgical intensive care in 1993. Dr. Fahoum was instrumental in the development of the Hospital’s Trauma Program, and worked with colleagues in the Departments of Surgery and Emergency Medicine to achieve the Hospital’s Trauma Center designation in 2015.

"The gala was a huge success," said Amanda Donikowski, director of development. "It was wonderful to celebrate with colleagues and friends of the Hospital. Thanks to the attendees' generosity, we were able to generate $700,000 to benefit the Hospital."

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Founded in 1881, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn's Park Slope. It houses 591 licensed inpatient beds and provides services to some 42,000 inpatients each year. In addition, approximately 500,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers specialized care in the following areas: advanced and minimally invasive surgery, advanced otolaryngology, asthma and lung disease, cancer care, cardiology and cardiac surgery, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, digestive and liver disorders, healthy aging, neurosciences, orthopedic medicine and surgery, vascular medicine and surgery and women's health. NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network.

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