More than 400 supporters of the NYU Cancer Institute gathered at The Plaza Hotel last October for the annual gala, celebrating the Cancer Institute’s accomplishments and hearing about plans for its continued growth. The event, chaired by the NYUCI Advisory Board, raised more than $1.5 million to support the NYUCI’s patient care, research, education, and cancer prevention programs.
James L. Speyer, MD, Professor of Medicine and Associate Director, Strategic Planning, Network Development and Public Affairs, was the evening’s honoree. He was praised as a model clinician, outstanding leader, and compassionate provider of personalized cancer care. Jaana Sareva, a long-term survivor of metastatic breast cancer and a patient of Dr. Speyer, was the guest speaker.
“Patient-centered care has always been our driving force. And you might say that for decades, tonight’s honoree, the incomparable Dr. Jim Speyer, has been our ‘torch bearer,’” Lori Fink, NYUCI Advisory Board Chair, told the guests. “Throughout Jim’s impressive tenure with the Cancer Institute, he has reminded us to listen always to what the individuals and families we serve actually need.”