May 1, 2017



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An Evening in Celebration of the Legacy of

Benjamin F. Rush, MD, Pioneer in General Surgery

An event held to raise funds in support of the development of a survivorship program at

 The New Jersey Trauma Center, Featured Guests included Grammy award winning Dionne Warwick and The Duchess of Gospel, Cissy Houston.


NEWARK, NJ – On Friday, April 28th, at 7:00 PM the Department of Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) hosted its annual gala in celebration of the life and legacy of Benjamin F. Rush, Jr., MD. The department proudly honored the legacy of Dr. Rush by directing support to develop a survivorship program at the New Jersey Trauma Center. The evening featured highly anticipated performances by Grammy award winning artist Dionne Warwick and the Duchess of Gospel Music, Cissy Houston. Houston is the mother of the late Whitney Houston. The event was held at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange.


Rush, who passed away in 2013 was the Founding Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School. He served as Chairman of the Department for 25 years. A nationally-recognized pioneer in surgical treatments, Rush trained hundreds of surgeons over his 25-year career at NJMS. Proceeds from the Benjamin F. Rush, Jr. MD Gala will benefit the New Jersey Trauma Center Survivorship Program at Newark’s University Hospital.


“Survivorship is an essential ingredient to ensuring the patient’s success long after a traumatic incident has occurred” said Anne C. Mosenthal, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Rutgers NJMS. Mosenthal is also Chief of Service of the Department of Surgery at University Hospital in Newark.


“The New Jersey Trauma Center at University Hospital is grateful to be the recipient of proceeds from this year’s Gala. With this additional support, the Trauma Center will be able to continue to treat those impacted by trauma injuries in a holistic manner that encompasses body, mind and spirit long after Trauma Center discharge” said David H. Livingston, MD, FACS.  Dr. Livingston holds the titles of Wesley J. Howe Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, and Director of The New Jersey Trauma Center at The University Hospital. “This approach will ensure that support is available for patients as they recover from their injuries and resume their regular activities” said Livingston.


Preceding the gala event, an educational symposium entitled “Surviving Trauma and Critical Illness: From Injury to Recovery” will be held from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM at the Delta Dental Educational Conference Center, 50 12th Avenue in Newark.  The symposium featured keynote speakers Judith E. Nelson, MD, Chief, Supportive Care Services and Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Mark A. Malangoni, MD, FACS, Associate Executive Director, American Board of Surgery.


University Hospital is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, and is the Level 1 Trauma Center for Northern New Jersey. Located at University Heights in Newark, New Jersey, University Hospital is a principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties.  For more information about University Hospital, please visit


New Jersey Medical School, celebrating over 61 years of service, NJMS was founded in 1954 and is the oldest school of medicine in the state. In addition to the MD degree, NJMS offers MD/PhD, MD/MPH and MD/MBA degrees through collaborations with other institutions of higher education. Dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care and community outreach, the medical school comprises 21 academic departments and works with several healthcare partners, including its principal teaching hospital, University Hospital in Newark. Its faculty consists of numerous world-renowned scientists and many of the region’s “Top Docs.” NJMS hosts 27 centers and institutes, including the Public Health Research Institute Center, the Global Tuberculosis Institute and the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. The medical school is home to the Student Family Health Care Center, the nation’s first and oldest continually operating free student-run clinic. In 2015, NJMS was named the #1 NIH funded institution in New Jersey. Today it is part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the eighth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. November 10, 2016, marked Rutgers' 250th Anniversary