David P. Roye, Jr., MD, of Pleasantville, NY and Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian was presented with a When U Dream A Dream Foundation “Inspiration Award” by his former patient, Kip Guja, of Babylon, NY and the Foundation’s president, Lawrence Pleskow.
Kip Guja,Babylon, NY and now second-year medical student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, credits Dr. Roye for inspiring him to attend medical school. When Kip was born with cerebral palsy, his doctors predicted he would never learn to walk or ever attend a mainstream school, and would have multiple disabilities his entire life. But Kip’s parents did not accept those predictions and were determined that he would live a full life and attend regular schools. Along the way, Kip met Dr. Roye.
“He was very different from the other doctors,” recalls Guja. “He had this amazing positive attitude and was determined to help me walk and live a normal life.” Kip is enrolled in a combined MD/PhD program and looks to specialize in pediatric orthopedics. “I hope to one day have a positive impact on my patients, as Dr. Roye had on me.”
About the When U Dream A Dream Foundation’s Inspiration Award
When U Dream A Dream Foundation annually presents an award to an outstanding physician in the country. After Lawrence Pleskow heard Kip’s story, it was clear to him that Dr. Roye would be this year’s winner. Located in Beverly Hills, California, the Foundation’s mission is to provide education to physically challenged individuals from around the world.