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Winthrop-University Hospital Announces Honorees for 2015 Gala
September 14, 2015

John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, is pleased to announce the honorees for the Hospital’s 24th Annual Gala, “LET’S DANCE,” taking place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at RXR Plaza in Uniondale. Garden City residents, Joan Cox, Vice Chair of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, and Eva Chalas, MD, Director of Clinical Cancer Services, and Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Winthrop, will each receive the Hospital’s highest honorary award in recognition of their years of service and contributions to Winthrop and its patients.

“This special evening allows us to honor two incredible leaders whose contributions to Winthrop over the past 16 years have been exceptional,” said Mr. Collins. “The leadership acumen that both Joan Cox and Dr. Eva Chalas possess has been instrumental in Winthrop’s continued growth and progress as a 21st century leader of healthcare services on Long Island.”

With nearly 45 years of professional experience that spans across the financial services, career management, and education and training sectors of business, Ms. Cox has been a member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors since 1999. In addition to serving as a Vice Chair since 2005, she chairs the Hospital’s Quality and Risk Management Committee, overseeing all externally reported quality performance measures and Risk Management associated with the Hospital’s attending and private physicians.

A remarkable career in the financial services industry included numerous leadership positions for Ms. Cox such as Director of Private Bank Operations for Citicorp, where she was responsible for Private Bank Operations and managing over 1,000 employees in 30 countries, and President of the Private Label Credit Card Business, where she implemented a new marketing, sales and delivery strategy to reverse loss trends and meet corporate financial targets for the first time in over ten years.

Following over 25 years in the banking sector, Ms. Cox decided to pursue new challenges in service to the local community. Her involvement with Family and Children’s Association led to a collaboration with State Senator Kemp Hannon. As a result, a new business model was implemented to support “aging in place” for seniors who choose to live in their local communities as opposed to institutional settings. She followed this endeavor with her active involvement with Right Management as she focused on designing new programs to expedite placements and ensure delivery of quality outplacement services for senior executives. Her work included strategic networking, career planning and developing creative options for mid-career professionals. Currently, Ms. Cox is an Executive Career Consultant at Crenshaw Associates, the market leader in senior executive talent transition.

Joan Cox holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Holyoke College, an MBA in Banking from Adelphi College, a Certificate from the Graduate School of Consumer Banking at the University of Virginia and a Certificate in Gerontology from Hofstra University. She is a member of the Academy of Women Achievers − a powerful network of over 3,000 distinguished professionals and pioneers, many of whom were the first to break through corporate glass ceilings and rise to senior executives in their companies and industries.

Eva Chalas, MD, is Director of Clinical Cancer Services and Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winthrop, where she specializes in treating women with gynecologic cancers and complex gynecologic problems.

Dr. Chalas has worked diligently to increase recognition of Winthrop’s cancer services, leading the charge to raise the bar for the Hospital’s quality cancer program. Along with a multidisciplinary team of medical experts and administrative leadership at Winthrop, she continually works to enhance the services and advance the knowledge in the fields of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment so that Winthrop may best serve the needs of the Long Island community.

Dr. Chalas has held leadership positions in the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF). A member of numerous committees of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Dr. Chalas recently completed service as the Chair of ACOG District II and Chair of the District Chairs for the parent national organization.

She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field of medicine, yet is most proud of the “1st Annual Wave of Hope Gala” and the “Something to Believe In” recognitions bestowed to her by grateful patients and their family members. Dr. Chalas has been named to U.S. News and World Report’s “Top Doctors” list, was granted the National Leadership award by the National Republican Congressional Committee and most recently, was named a “Physician of Distinction” by the American Cancer Society.

Her commitment to medical student and resident physician education has been recognized by a number of “Excellence in Teaching” awards. Dr. Chalas also holds the academic rank of Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Hand-in-hand with her passion for prevention and successful treatment of all cancers, Dr. Chalas is a steadfast supporter of women’s health. She is dedicated to clinical research, and has published and lectured extensively on the prevention and treatment of gynecologic cancers. She is also a sought after media expert, providing valuable insights for news stories relating to women’s health and cancers.

Dr. Chalas obtained her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at its Medical Center. Her post graduate education as a Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology was earned at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Gynecologic Oncology, and is a Fellow in American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and of the American College of Surgeons.

The annual Gala raises essential support for Winthrop-University Hospital’s Research Programs. The event also provides an opportunity to honor the individuals whose hard work and dedication to Winthrop go above and beyond in service to the community. Guests of this year’s Gala will enjoy lively music, fine dining and cocktails, and special entertainment.

For more information about the Winthrop Gala or its honorees, please call (516) 663-8275.

Contact: Leanna Cherry
Assistant Director, Public Relations
(516) 663-2234