for Special Surgery to Honor Comcast’s Brian L. Roberts and
Orthopedic Surgeon, David Helfet, M.D., at Annual Tribute
Cecily Strong to host gala
The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will honor Brian L.
Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, in
celebration of his business accomplishments at
the hospital’s 32nd Annual
Tribute Dinner on Monday, June 1, 2015 at the
Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
The hospital will also present David L.
Helfet, M.D., director of Orthopedic Trauma Service, with
the Lifetime Achievement Award. For the past 30 years, Dr.
Helfet has provided life-saving care to countless patients
and has grown the Orthopedic Trauma Service at HSS into a
Cecily Strong, cast member from Saturday
Night Live, will host the black tie gala. Guests include
esteemed political leaders, respected medical professionals
and business executives as well as celebrities and athletes
from the community.
“It is our pleasure to recognize the
extraordinary business and civic achievements of Mr.
Roberts, who has fostered excellence and innovation at
Comcast,” said Louis Shapiro, president and CEO of Hospital
for Special Surgery. “Innovation is valued here at the
hospital as our vision is to lead the world as the most
innovative source of medical care.”
“We have been honored to have Dr. Helfet as
part of our team,” said Todd J. Albert, M.D.,
Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director at Hospital for
Special Surgery. “He has shown incredible leadership in
expanding our orthopedic trauma service and raising its
awareness internationally. The hospital is very proud of all
of his accomplishments and is honored to present him with
the Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Brian L. Roberts
Mr. Roberts is the current chairman and CEO
of Comcast Corporation. He joined the organization after
graduating from The Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania in 1981. Comcast’s annual revenue has grown
exponentially under his leadership, beginning at $657
million when he was named President in 1990 to an annual
revenue today of nearly $69 billion. Comcast is now a global
Fortune 50 company with two primary businesses, Comcast
Cable and NBCUniversal.
Mr. Roberts was recognized by Fortune magazine
as “Businessperson of the Year” in 2012 and in 2015, was
named one of America’s top CEOs by Institutional
for the seventh time in a row.
Outside of professional accomplishments, he
has also been recognized for his philanthropic work in
education and technology. Mr. Roberts received the
Ambassador for Humanity Award from the USC Shoah Foundation
Institute as well as the Humanitarian Award from the Simon
Mr. Roberts is a member of Business
Roundtable and has served on the President’s Council on Jobs
and Competitiveness. He has also served as Chairman on the
Board of Directors of the National Cable &
Telecommunications Association as well as CableLabs, where
he is now Director Emeritus.
A resident of Philadelphia, Mr. Roberts is an
All-American in squash and has competed in the Maccabiah
Games in Israel five times.
David L. Helfet, M.D.
Dr. Helfet is an orthopedic trauma surgeon and director of
Orthopedic Trauma Service at Hospital for Special Surgery.
In addition, he is a professor of Orthopedic Surgery at
Weill Cornell Medical College and the director of the
Orthopedic Trauma Service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Helfet is annually ranked as one of New
York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” and Castle
Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors”.
Dr. Helfet is known both nationally and internationally for
his expertise in orthopedic trauma. As such, he has served
on the boards of the major orthopaedic/trauma societies,
including as President of the National Orthopaedic Trauma
Association. He has published over 250 papers in
peer-reviewed journals and contributed to forty books on the
topic. As the recipient of many honors and awards, such as
the Philip D. Wilson Jr. Teaching Award, Dr. Helfet has
received visiting lectureships including the Presidential
Guest and Watson-Jones Memorial Lecture of the British
Dr. Helfet often provides medical care to public safety
individuals as the designated Orthopedic Trauma specialist
for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), the New York
Police Department (NYPD) and the New York State Police.
While he focuses on orthopedic trauma, Dr. Helfet also
specializes in hip and is part of the Hip Preservation
Service at HSS.
Dr. Helfet received his medical degree at the University of
Cape Town Medical School in South Africa before completing
his residency at Johns Hopkins University. He has held
fellowships at University of Bern in Switzerland and
University of California Los Angeles.
The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with a
dinner to follow
at 7:30 p.m.
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To purchase tickets, please contact Julie Spero at
212-245-6570 ext. 21 or .www.HSS@eventassociatesinc.com
About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a
world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and
rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in
orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology and No. 7 in geriatrics
by U.S. News & World Report (2014-15), and is the first
hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for
Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses
Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of
the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is a member
of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an
affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all
Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of
Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is
internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation
of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for
Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at