The Mount Sinai Health System continues to remain committed to the safety and well-being of our patients and community. After much discussion and deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai’s Bicentennial Gala scheduled for March 24, 2022.

Mount Sinai proudly recognizes the contributions of countless physicians, scientists, researchers, administrators, staff and benefactors whose unwavering commitment and passion for service has allowed NYEE to flourish for the past two centuries. NYEE remains committed to its founding mission of serving the community.

Please consider supporting NYEE’s mission to enhance patient care, deliver world-class education, conduct pioneering research, and lead innovation by making a donation.

Thank you to our generous NYEE Bicentennial Gala donors:

Visionary Sponsor
Nicholas J. Barna, MD

Groundbreaker Sponsors
Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, Inc.

Innovator Sponsors
The New York Eye Cancer Center
Maverick Capital, Ltd

Builder Sponsors
John Aljian and Ronald Gentile
Louis R. Pasquale, MD, FARVO
Dr. and Mrs. James and Tracey Tsai

Louis S. Angioletti, MD
Janet R. Axelrod
John M. Boozan, MD
Drs. Jean Joseph Cadet and Suzelle Verna Cadet
Dr. Michael A. Cook
Robert C. Della Rocca, MD*
Ebrahim Elahi, MD, FACS
Nicholas Fettman, MD
Mohan Giridharadas
Judith S. Hertanu, MD
Andrew A. Kao, MD
Seth Meskin, MD
The Olian Foundation
Susan Schneider, MD
Roland T. Smith, MD
Anonymous (2)

*In memoriam

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.

In Memory of Christopher J. Linstrom, MD

During his 26-years at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Christopher J. Linstrom, MD, a renowned otolaryngologist and Surgeon Director of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, left an indelible mark on the institution he served, his colleagues, trainees and patients.

Dr. Linstrom was passionately focused on research and clinical studies in facial nerve and hearing restoration. A tireless champion of the latest technologies to improve patients’ lives, he performed Infirmary’s first cochlear implant on a 10-year old patient, establishing NYEE as a leading center for state-of-the-art hearing restoration modalities. Throughout his career, Dr. Linstrom was a sought-after speaker, published widely, and taught many national and international courses. He was formerly a Professor of Otolaryngology at the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, and a visiting Professor in Otolaryngology at The Medical University of Southern Africa in Pretoria, South Africa.

Admired by the staff and patients alike, Dr. Linstrom had a unique ability to connect with everyone he met. He made it a point to attend weddings, baby showers and special events, showing a genuine interest in the personal lives of his staff and colleagues. And he formed deep and lasting personal friendships with many of his patients.

Dr. Linstrom received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he founded and served as President of the McGill Faculty of Medicine Refugee Fund, a non-profit organization that raised money to sponsor the emigration of Vietnamese refugees to Canada. He completed a residency in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at Cornell University Medical College and a fellowship in otology and neurotology at the Michigan Ear Institute. In addition, he served as a Fellow of the American Board of Otolaryngology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Maryland, Dr. Linstrom was also a Renaissance man, with a wide array of interests. His unusual background included earning bachelor’s degrees in both philosophy and music from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was an active musician and singer, having performed in the United States, Canada, France, and Spain.