Leading Gifts Pre-Donor Brunch
|Wednesday, November 17, 2010|
Dr. Marc Levitt, from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, was the featured speaker at the Hadassah Leading Gifts Pre-Donor Brunch on Wednesday morning, November 17th. Dr. Robert Smith, a specialist in diabetes treatment, and Dr. Jessica Kahn, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Research Training in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, also spoke about their work. A minimum pledge of $360 or more to Hadassah Donor Campaign was required to attend the event.
Over 30 Hadassah members gathered at Ghita Sarembock's home and enjoyed an elaborate buffet brunch that featured quiches, muffins, smoked salmon, vegetarian chopped liver, and much more. After the meal, everyone gathered in the family room to hear Dr. Levitt speak about collaborations between Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Hadassah Medical Center in the areas of clinical care, medical education, and research. Cincinnati Children's Hospital also has a Memorandum of Understanding with Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel in Petach Tikva.
Children and families from around the world stand to benefit greatly from the exchange of knowledge and resource sharing these collaborations afford. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center will match donations up to $500,000 to benefit the Israel Exchange Program. Contact Susan Kulick at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dr. Levitt is the Associate Director for the Colorectal Center for Children at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He joined the staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in June 2005 when he and Dr. Alberto Peña were recruited to create the world’s first and only multidisciplinary and comprehensive Colorectal Center for Children. Dr. Levitt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, his general surgery residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo. He was a pediatric surgical attending in Buffalo, serving as the clinical director of their Pediatric Miniature Access Surgery Center, and before coming to Cincinnati was a surgical attending at Schneider Children's Hospital.
Dr. Levitt visits Israel frequently, to perform operations and to teach. He has had a collaboration with Hadassah Medical Center for the past 10 years. The Colorectal Center cares for approximately 15-20 Israeli patients each year, and starting July 1, 2011 will train the first fellow from Hadassah in pediatric colorectal surgery.
Photography by Gayna Bassin.