The NYU Cancer Institute Gala

A night to remember

Nearly 500 benefactors of the NYU Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center gathered at The Plaza in New York City on October 17 for the annual Gala. The event raised $1.7 million to support The Cancer Institute’s patient care, research, and educational programs.

“When we get together each year for this festive event, we have an opportunity to reflect on how much The Cancer Institute has grown since its establishment and to think about where we want to go in the future,” said William L. Carroll, MD, director of The Cancer Institute, the Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Professor of Pediatrics, and professor of pathology. “It takes a team to make headway in our quest to conquer cancer. Our supporters who attended the Gala are valuable members of our team. I’d particularly like to thank The Cancer Institute Advisory Board for their hard work and dedication in contributing and raising funds to bolster our efforts.” The Gala was chaired by Dr. Carroll, The Cancer Institute Advisory Board, and Advisory Board chair Lori Fink.

This year’s Gala honoree was Richard Shapiro, MD, associate professor of surgery and director of Surgical Oncology Operations, whose practice is devoted to the comprehensive care of patients with malignant melanoma, breast cancer, and soft-tissue tumors. His leadership led to the creation of the first truly multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic at Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Shapiro is also a founding member of the NYULMC Interdisciplinary Melanoma Cooperative Group, whose laboratory and clinical research collaborations have set new standards for the treatment of melanoma around the world.