Bicentennial Gala Fundraiser

NYEE Celebrates Its 200th Anniversary

Join faculty, alumni, and friends of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) in a celebration of our 200-year legacy of leadership, innovation and excellence in patient care.

On August 14, 1820 NYEE opened its doors to the New York community and they have never closed. Today, we are celebrating this amazing milestone and reaffirming our commitment to honor the vision and values of our founders, Edward Delafield, MD and John Kearney Rodgers, MD, whose passion for caring for those in need continues to fuel our resolve for clinical excellence, education and innovation. We are coming together on this special occasion to not only tell the story of NYEE, reflecting on the events and people that left an indelible mark on our institution, but also to celebrate our own impact on the lives of countless of patients effected by diseases of eyes, ears, nose and throat.

Over our long history, we have been honored and privileged to work with dedicated and talented physicians, scientists, nurses, staff, and trainees whose unwavering commitment and passion for service has been a distinguishing feature of NYEE. It is therefore fitting that we dedicate the Gala to an individual who exemplified the ideals of compassionate care and boundless curiosity, Joseph B. Walsh, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, KStJ, one of NYEE’s most preeminent physician leaders.

As we look towards our third century of specialty care, we are excited by the possibilities in front of us. Enhancing patient care, delivering world-class education, conducting pioneering research, and leading innovation remain vital to our mission and our legacy. Together we can deliver life changing cures, staff the frontlines of innovation and mentor the next generation of leaders, ready to take on the challenges of the ever changing healthcare landscape. On behalf of our faculty, staff and patients, we thank you for your support.

Event Details
Thursday, October 15, 2020
6:30PM Elaborate Cocktail Reception
7:30PM Gala Program and Dessert

The Plaza Hotel
768 5th Avenue, NYC

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In Memory of Joseph B. Walsh, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, KStJ

A tireless teacher and advocate for residents and fellows, Dr. Walsh served as Professor and Chair of the Ophthalmology Department for both New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) and New York Medical College for 25 years. Under Dr. Walsh’s leadership, NYEE evolved into an internationally-recognized center of excellence for advanced ophthalmology diagnosis and treatment; a preeminent teaching nexus for the training of residents, fellows and medical students from around the world; and an innovative center for ophthalmology research and education.

In June 2009, he was named the Belinda Bingham Pierce and Gerald G. Pierce MD Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology. He was appointed Professor Emeritus and Chair Emeritus at NYEE and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2013. Dr. Walsh retired from active practice in 2015.

A leading medical and surgical retinal specialist, his research and clinical expertise was widely represented in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. During his distinguished career, Dr. Walsh served as President of The New York Society for Clinical Ophthalmology and was honored as the Society’s 45th Mark J. Schoenberg Memorial Lecturer. He received the Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which he served as Assistant and Acting Editor of its journal, Ophthalmology.

Dr. Walsh was especially passionate about providing quality ophthalmic care to underserved populations in the Holy Land—regardless of gender, race, creed, or ability to pay. Raised in a close-knit Irish-German family, Dr. Walsh was influenced by his mother’s active service to church and community. For a year, he served as a battalion surgeon with the United States Army in Vietnam. This experience strengthened his commitment to service, spurring an active and lifelong commitment to The St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital and the Order of St John. The British Order of St. John knighted him for his efforts on behalf of its Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.

Dr. Walsh received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed an ophthalmology residency at NYEE and a retinal fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Beloved by his trainees and respected by his colleagues, Dr. Walsh left an indelible mark on NYEE and the field of ophthalmology. The passion and joy he took in nurturing the next generation of ophthalmologists was evident in the lifelong friendships he formed with his residents and fellows.