People tend to think multi-million-dollar gifts are what makes up medical philanthropy. Healthnetwork Foundation knows that gifts of all sizes are important to physicians and hospitals. Many of our supporters want to make their gifts impactful, but don’t know how to accomplish this.

When we get patients and doctors together, people are motivated and inspired to give back. Having relationships with the teams who are leading medical discoveries is a privilege we share with the families who need them.

Here are some of the ways we support medical advances:


Honoring Physicians

Healthnetwork selects physicians based on feedback from grateful patients and supporters. As a Healthnetwork Service Excellence Award recipient, each physician or medical researcher receives a donation to be applied towards their research or clinical activities, and attends a dinner hosted by Healthnetwork in their honor. These dinners which often include family and fellow hospital leaders, prove invaluable to foster deep relationships between physicians and Healthnetwork staff.

To date, Healthnetwork has contributed over $1.8M+ in Service Excellence Awards towards the vital research of physicians in over 30 medical specialties.

See all of the 150 physicians honored with our Service Excellence Awards

2021 Service Excellence Award Recipients

Graciously Funded by Rick Itzkowich Through the Moisés Itzkowich Foundation

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Mohamad E. Allaf, MD

Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Urology

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD

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Susan Bressler, MD

Ophthalmologist, Wilmer Eye Institute

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD

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Roy Buchinsky, MD

Director of Wellness

University Hospitals, Cleveland OH


Richard Cartabuke, MD

Executive Health

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH


Paula Deuley, MD

Executive Health

University Hospitals, Cleveland OH

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David M. Euhus, MD

Oncology Surgeon — Breast

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD


David A. Greenwald, MD

Director, Clinical Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

Mount Sinai Health System, New York NY


Lawrence Hakim, MD

Urology Surgeon

Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston FL

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Ajay Kaul, MD

Director, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders Center

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati OH

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Dean J. Kereiakes, MD

President, Heart and Vascular Center

The Christ Hospital Health Network, Cincinnati OH

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Amar Krishnaswamy, MD

Section Head, Invasive and Interventional Cardiology

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH

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Sangeeta Mahajan, MD

Division Chief, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

University Hospitals, Cleveland OH

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Daniel Martin, MD

Chair, Cole Eye Institute

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH

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Dipen J. Parekh, MD

Chairman, Department of Urology; Director, Robotic Surgery

University of Miami Health System, Miami FL


Andrew D. Pearle, MD

Chief, Sports Medicine

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York NY

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Lee Ponsky, MD

Director, Urologic Oncology Center; Chair, Department of Urology

University Hospitals, Cleveland OH


Edwin M. Posadas, MD

Medical Director, Urologic Oncology Program; Co-Director, Translational Oncology Program

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA

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Wendy L. Sacks, MD

Co-Director, Thyroid Cancer Program

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA

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Bashar Safar, MBBS

Chief, Colorectal Surgery

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD

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Robert Vonderheide, MD, DPhil

Director, Abramson Cancer Center

Penn Medicine, Philadelphia PA

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Honoring Hospital Caregivers

Healthnetwork’s Exceptional Care Awards are presented annually to recognize hospital staff who share in our mission to provide exceptional care and attention to all Healthnetwork supporters.

Healthnetwork celebrates their dedication and outstanding service with a donation to support their department operations.

2021 Exceptional Care Award Honorees

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Stephanie Crisler, MBA

Manager, Physician/APP Recruitment & Integration

The Christ Hospital Health Network, Cincinnati OH

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Chasity De Jesus, MS, BSN, RN

Director, Executive Services, Office of the President

Mount Sinai Health System, New York NY

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Stephanie Fiano

Manager, Health Ambassador & Global Medicine Programs, Office of the President & CEO

Tampa General Hospital, Tampa FL

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Maureen Kelly

Director, Foundation Signature Services

Hackensack Meridian Health, Neptune NJ

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Jennifer Schell

Business Development Officer

Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Naples FL