Just for Men! New York's Noted Philanthropist Iris Cantor Donates $20 Million to Establish Comprehensive, One-Stop-Shopping Center for Men's Health

First of Its Kind in the Region

May 11, 2010


Men concerned about their health will soon have a new health facility designed especially for them, thanks to the generosity of New York's pre-eminent philanthropist Iris Cantor, who donated $20 million toward its establishment. The first of its kind in the region, the Iris Cantor Men's Health Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center will provide one-stop comprehensive medical services for men. The Center is scheduled to open in 2012.

The Iris Cantor Men's Health Center will be located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the same building as the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center, which was established in 2002 through a $5 million gift made by Mrs. Cantor. It will allow NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell to expand its current medical services and at the same time fulfill an important gap within the community.

"Forty percent of patients currently treated at the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center are men, most of whom were likely brought in by the women in their lives. This signaled to me that there is a real need for a dedicated men's health center," says Iris Cantor. "It is time for men to have a place of their own for comprehensive health care."

"We salute Iris Cantor, and we look forward to the opening of this groundbreaking center dedicated solely to the health concerns of men," says John J. Mack, chairman of the Board of Trustees at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "Following the same model as our women's health center, there is no doubt in my mind that the Iris Cantor Men's Health Center will likewise become a valuable health resource, and will provide comprehensive care for men in the New York area and beyond."

"We are grateful to Iris Cantor for her continued generosity and her extraordinary vision," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "For almost 10 years, the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center has offered women a wide array of health care services all under one roof. The creation of the equivalent for men will allow us to continue to provide the highest quality of care to our patients, while enabling men to focus on their health in a way that they never could do before."

The Iris Cantor Men's Health Center will occupy 9,500 square feet on the 12th floor of a state-of-the-art medical facility at 425 E. 61st St., which also includes clinical programs in the areas of mental health, radiology, dermatology and sleep medicine.

For more information, patients may call 866-NYP-NEWS.

Iris Cantor

In 1978, Mrs. Cantor and her late husband, B. Gerald Cantor, established the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation to fund medical, educational and cultural institutions and programs in the U.S. and abroad. Now under Iris Cantor's leadership, the Foundation has since helped establish comprehensive women's health centers on both coasts, including the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Opened in 2002, the Center is now one of the most comprehensive medical facilities for women in the world. The Center has served close to 90,000 women and men and has demonstrated Mrs. Cantor's inspiration for the Center, that "convenience is an incentive to health."

Her commitment to health care in New York is long-standing, as she also serves on the board of governors for the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and as vice chairman of the Executive Committee of NewYork-Presbyterian's Lying-In Hospital.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in New York City, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, comprising the teaching hospital NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical College, the medical school of Cornell University. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, education, research and community service. Weill Cornell physician-scientists have been responsible for many medical advances — including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer; the synthesis of penicillin; the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the U.S.; the first clinical trial for gene therapy for Parkinson's disease; the first indication of bone marrow's critical role in tumor growth; and, most recently, the world's first successful use of deep brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious brain-injured patient. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division and NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. Weill Cornell Medical College is the first U.S. medical college to offer a medical degree overseas and maintains a strong global presence in Austria, Brazil, Haiti, Tanzania, Turkey and Qatar. For more information, visit www.nyp.org and www.med.cornell.edu.

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