Drs. Michael Vitale and David Roye Named Inaugural Samberg Scholars

Drs. David P. Roye, Jr. and Michael G. Vitale, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, were among ten exceptional physicians at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital that were named the inaugural Samberg Scholars in Children’s Health, a newly endowed appointment made possible by the generous donation of $25 million from hospital trustee Arthur Samberg and his wife, Rebecca. The scholars were officially appointed at a ceremony yesterday at the hospital, attended by Mr. and Mrs. Samberg and about 100 colleagues and supporters of the new scholars.

About the Samberg Scholars

The Samberg Scholars in Children’s Health program provides funding to enable NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital to recruit, retain, and sustain top talent in pediatric medicine. With the funding, Samberg Scholars can, for example, recruit a clinical fellow or nurse or devote additional resources to clinical research.

“Our giving emphasis as a family has been in helping young people, both educationally and through health initiatives,” said Mr. Samberg. “We were proud to be leaders in the building of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, but have always been more inclined to support ‘people projects’ rather than bricks and mortar. With one parent as a pediatrician and two daughters-in-law involved in pediatrics, it was natural for us to enthusiastically support the idea of the Samberg Scholars in Children’s Health. We are thrilled to establish the Samberg Scholars program and bring needed resources to the people side of a fantastic building dedicated to improving the health care of young people.”

How to Qualify

To qualify for selection as a Samberg Scholar, a physician must be a pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist who demonstrates excellence in patient care and meets additional criteria in leadership, expertise, community commitment, teaching, and being a catalyst in program development.

“For years, the Samberg family has been a steadfast supporter of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a strong advocate for patient- and family-centered children’s health,” says Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. “This latest gift promises to be transformational for children’s health care at our hospital and beyond. We’re immensely grateful to Art, Becky, and the entire Samberg family for their commitment, generosity, and trust.”

Dr. Vitale Reacts to the Announcement

Both Drs. Roye and Vitale are enthusiastic about receiving the funding, which will be used to enhance the hospital’s Pediatric Orthopaedic programs. “We are grateful to the Sambergs for this generous gift. Thanks to their generosity, we will be able to dedicate more resources to cutting-edge pediatric orthopedic programs,” said Dr. Vitale.

Over the next five years, up to 40 scholars will be appointed, funded by the extraordinarily generous gift from the Sambergs.