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, and John Kearny Rodgers, 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 two individuals who exemplified the ideals of compassionate care and boundless curiosity, Joseph B. Walsh, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, KStJ and Christopher J. Linstrom, MD, NYEE’s most preeminent physician leaders.

And during the celebration, we will present the NYEE Lifetime Achievement Award to Seymour Fradin, MD, Ronald A. Hoffman, MD, MHCM and Sara Shippman, BA, CO, whose passion for patient care, dedication to teaching, and, most of all, devotion to NYEE have left an indelible mark on our institution and hundreds of residents over the years.

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 the Bicentennial Gala Chairs and Leadership Committee, our faculty, staff and patients, we thank you for your support.

*Event Details
Thursday, March 24, 2022
6:30PM Registration and Cocktails
7:30PM Dinner and Program

The Plaza Hotel
768 5th Avenue, NYC

Black Tie Optional

*We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 positivity rate in New York City and other key factors. If we can safely hold the in-person event at The Plaza we will observe CDC guidelines, NYS and NYC restrictions and Mount Sinai policies, and event details may be subject to change. We will require all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination. More information will be communicated prior to the event.


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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.

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.