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Award Recognizes Their Leadership in Creating Innovative Programs Benefiting the Community

NEW YORK (Nov 10, 2011)

Dana Buchman, fashion designer and founder of the Promise Project, and Eugene Lang, entrepreneur and founder of the Lang Youth Medical Program and I Have A Dream Foundation, will each be honored with an Award for Distinguished Service by the Columbia Presbyterian Health Sciences Advisory Council. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, 173 Ft. Washington Ave., N.Y.C. (9:30 a.m., 12 p.m. award ceremony).

Dana Buchman is an American fashion designer and creator of the eponymous Dana Buchman fashion label. She is founder of the Promise Project, an organization that works with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center to help underserved children with learning disabilities get the support they need to learn.

Eugene Lang is an American philanthropist and founder of the Lang Youth Medical Program, which puts the educational resources of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to work for young people in Washington Heights by helping them realize their college and career aspirations, especially in the health sciences. He is also the founder of the I Have a Dream Foundation, which has provided college tuition to 15,000 children in 27 states, Washington, D.C., and New Zealand.

Speakers at the Nov. 10 event will include Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, and Dr. Lee Goldman, dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and executive vice president for Health and Biomedical Sciences at Columbia University Medical Center. In addition, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia physician-scientists will present updates on the latest research and treatment innovations. They include Drs. Christopher S. Ahmad, Ketan K. Badani, James F. Giglio, Franklin Lowy and Meridith Sonnett.

The Columbia Presbyterian Health Sciences Advisory Council meets twice yearly, presenting the Award for Distinguished Service to an individual whose work has made a singular impact on society's health and well-being. The award has been given to Barbara Walters, Ed Koch, Sanjay Gupta, Tiki Barber, Dr. Michael DeBakey, Joan Didion, Tipper Gore, Katharine Graham, Derek Jeter, Andrea Jung, Jerry Lewis, Alonzo Mourning, Congressman Charles Rangel, Rob Reiner, Christopher Reeve, Don Shula, George Soros, Mike Wallace, Anna Wintour, Bob Woodruff, and Suzanne and Bob Wright. The award is the Council's highest honor.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,353 beds. The Hospital has nearly 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including more than 220,000 visits to its emergency departments — more than any other area hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. 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. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Columbia University Medical Center

Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Established in 1767, Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons was the first institution in the country to grant the M.D. degree and is now among the most selective medical schools in the country. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the most comprehensive medical research enterprise in New York City and State and one of the largest in the United States. Columbia University Medical Center is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital provider.For more information, please visit www.cumc.columbia.edu

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