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Winthrop-University Hospital Announces Honorees for 2016 Gala
August 30, 2016

Garden City resident, Soraya Gage, Vice Chair of Winthrop’s Board of Directors & Muttontown resident Collin E.M. Brathwaite, MD, Chairman of Surgery at Winthrop, to be Honored

Mineola, NY – John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, is pleased to announce the honorees for the Hospital’s 25th Anniversary Gala, “Renaissance” taking place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at RXR Plaza in Uniondale. Garden City resident, Soraya Gage, Vice Chair of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, and Muttontown resident Collin E.M. Brathwaite, MD, Chairman of Surgery 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 year makes a special milestone for Winthrop as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary Gala,” said Mr. Collins. “As we reflect on all that our great Hospital has achieved, I can’t think of two individuals more fitting to receive Streaming Star Awards for their years of service and contributions to Winthrop.”

Soraya Gage, Honoree, Winthrop's 25th Annual Gala Ms. Gage, a 25-year veteran of NBC News, is currently Vice President of Production and Operations and General Manager of NBC Learn at NBC News. In this role she oversees production for Peacock Productions, the internal production company of NBC News, and NBC Learn, an online educational resource. Ms. Gage also served as General Manager of Education Nation, which focused on education issues and created discussion forums in local markets and at NBC News headquarters in New York. Ms. Gage also oversees the Parent Toolkit, a website and mobile app for parents to track their child’s progress in academic, health and social benchmarks. Her great leadership has helped the site earn a Webby award – the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

From her start as a page, through her rise from associate producer to senior and executive producer, Ms. Gage has emerged as a natural leader in the broadcast journalism field, working on major network broadcasts including NBC News at Sunrise, TODAY, NBC Nightly News, and Dateline NBC. She has produced long-form programming, breaking newscasts, investigative journalism, high profile newsmaker interviews, and live town hall events. From 1993 until 2006, Ms. Gage worked on Dateline NBC in the role of producer and senior producer, creating several long-form documentaries with anchor Tom Brokaw. For her work at NBC News, Ms. Gage has been recognized for excellence in many facets, receiving two Emmy awards and five Emmy nominations, among various other prestigious recognitions.

A devoted member of the Winthrop Board of Directors since 2006, Ms. Gage’s progressive knowledge and relationships among the community have helped the Hospital grow in many areas over the course of the last decade. In the spring of 2016, Ms. Gage was appointed Vice Chair of the Board, joining the Executive Committee. She currently chairs Winthrop’s IT Governance Committee and is an active member on several others including the Quality, Nominating, and Compensation committees. She has a long-term history with Winthrop’s Annual Yuletide Ball and has been instrumental to its growth and continued success. Ms. Gage’s insights and expertise are tremendous assets to Winthrop’s senior leadership.

Ms. Gage resides in Garden City, with her husband, Bob, and three children, George, David and Katherine.

Collin E.M. Brathwaite, MD, Honoree, Winthrop's 25th Annual GalaCollin E. M. Brathwaite, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital, a position that he has held since 2013. He is also Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery and Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program.

In addition to providing state of the art and world class care to his patients, Dr. Brathwaite is a distinguished researcher and educator. He holds three patents and has conducted National Institute of Health (NIH) and other federally funded research, on which he has served as Principal Investigator for several projects. He has been the Principal Investigator for clinical trials in the field of bariatric surgery. In 1994, the Year Book of Surgery selected his research on Bacterial Translocation in Humans as a major contribution to surgery in the previous year. Today, he continues to investigate the connection between obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and has published many articles and presented at multiple national and international conferences.

Committed to education, Dr. Brathwaite has also been the recipient of many teaching awards including the Golden Apple Award for Teaching at Robert Wood Johnson, as well as Excellence in Teaching and Attending of the Year Awards on multiple occasions while at Stony Brook University. In addition, he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Dr. Brathwaite graduated from the accelerated Medical Program at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he received the Lasalle D. Lefall Jr., MD, Award in Surgery. He went on to complete a residency in General Surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York and fellowship training in Trauma and Critical Care at the prestigious Maryland Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. Dr. Brathwaite has held faculty appointments at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Allegheny University and at Stony Brook University, where he was a member of the tenured staff.

Dr. Brathwaite is a member of many prestigious professional societies including the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Association for Academic Surgery, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, among others. He is a member of the Foundation Board of York College of the City University of New York and has served on the Board of Directors of the Haddonfield Symphony, a community based symphony in southern New Jersey.

A talented musician who has given of his personal time to participate in special musical fundraisers to raise funds for Winthrop’s Child Life Program, Dr. Brathwaite is best known among his patients and peers for his outstanding clinical outcomes and medical acumen. Dr. Brathwaite has been recognized on several occasions by Castle Connolly as well as Best Doctors as a leading surgeon in the U.S. in areas of Bariatric Surgery and Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Brathwaite resides in Muttontown with his wife, Barbara, and has two children, Mark and Christine.

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.

Tickets, sponsorships and journal opportunities are still available. For more information about the Winthrop Gala or its honorees, call (516) 663-8275.