Flushing, NY - January 7, 2008 - New York philanthropist, Eugene M. Lang, founder of the "I Have a Dream" program, and his wife Theresa Lang presented New York Hospital Queens with a $2 million gift to establish the Theresa Lang Directorship at the Lang Center for Research and Education. Mrs. Lang has been a volunteer and member of the New York Hospital Queens Board of Trustees for nearly 50 years.
Phyllis August, MD, MPH, the Ralph A. Baer, MD Professor of Research in Medicine for Weill Medical College of Cornell University, has served as director of the Lang Center since 2003, and is the first recipient of the endowed chair. Dr. August is a well-known specialist in the field of nephrology (kidney health).
The Lang Center for Research and Education was established in 2001 to promote the development of the hospital's multidisciplinary research and education activities. Today, there are over100 research protocols currently ongoing. The Lang Research Center provides support for research in a wide variety of disciplines including: high blood pressure, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, surgical problems and emergency medicine. Also, several important National Institute of Health (NIH)-sponsored clinical trials are underway at the Lang Research Center.
New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
For more information on New York Hospital Queens, visit www.nyhq.org.