A Night of Tribute: NYMs 2010 Candlelight Gala

Sep 9, 2009

Photo of Dr. Robert Seminara

Robert Seminara, M.D., will be honored with the Lewis S. Pilcher Award at the upcoming New York Methodist Hospital Gala.

Robert Seminara, M.D., former president of NYMs Medical Board, and Fredric J. Hugue, who has served as a Hospital trustee since 2003, will be honored at New York Methodist Hospitals annual Board of Trustees Candlelight Gala, on Saturday, May 1, 2010.The event will be held at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Hospitals Department of Surgery.

Dr. Seminara will receive the Lewis S. Pilcher Award in recognition of his leadership and service to the Hospital. The award is named after New York Methodists first medical director. Dr. Seminara received a bachelors of science degree in biology from Long Island University in 1973. After receiving a medical degree in 1977, he completed a year of rotating clerkship at New York Medical College. He then began a general surgery residency at what was then known as The Methodist Hospital and served as chief resident under the tutelage of the late Irving Enquist, M.D.

During his years as an attending surgeon at New York Methodist, Dr. Seminara has served on many Hospital committees and has been steadfast in his ambition to champion physician and patient satisfaction. He served as the president of the Hospitals Medical Board for two years, from 2007 to 2009, and continues to serves as chairman of the Medical Boards Utilization Review Committee. Dr. Seminara and his wife Diane, a registered nurse, have three children.

Fred Hughes

Fredric J. Hugue, will accept the James Monroe Buckley Award in recognition of his years of dedicated service New York Methodist Hospitals Board of Trustees.

Fredric J. Hugue will receive the James Monroe Buckley Award for Distinguished Trustee in recognition of his dedication as a member of the Hospitals Board of Trustees. This award memorializes the Methodist minister who conceived the idea of founding the first Methodist Hospital, 129 years ago.

Mr. Hugue is a senior vice president and regional credit officer for Sovereign Bank in New York. In addition to his service on the Hospitals Board of Trustees, he is also deeply involved in many other public service and community activities in the metropolitan area. He is a board member of the New York City Industries for the Blind, Inc., Poets House and the Boy Scouts of America-Brooklyn Council. He is also a board member and treasurer of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Brooklyn Alliance. Over the years, he has received numerous community service awards and commendations..

Mr. Hugue received a bachelors degree in history from Villanova University and holds an MBA in Finance from Fordham University. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Brooklyn Heights and are the proud parents of one daughter, Anne, age 19.

The Candlelight Gala will begin with a cocktail hour at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and awards at 8 p.m. After the award ceremony, guests will be treated to a special performance by The Redd Band. For tickets, or to place an advertisement in the souvenir journal, please call the Hospitals Department of Development at 718 780-5342.