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Physicians for Human Rights Annual Gala

2017 Gala

The third annual Physicians for Human Rights Gala recognized the incredible work of Turkish human rights defender Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı and philanthropist and publisher Sigrid Rausing. The money raised will enable us to continue fighting for justice and accountability, and boost our work to bring global attention to state use of torture, to sexual violence as a weapon of war, and to the rising number of deliberate attacks on doctors and health care facilities around the world. The Gala also kicked off a new chapter for Physicians for Human Rights with George Soros and Open Society Foundation’s announcement of their $8 million challenge grant.

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Gala Committee:

Deborah D. Ascheim, MD - Co-chair
Alan K. Jones - Co-chair
Sherrye Dantzker
David Dantzker, MD
Andy Dunn
Sue A. Kaplan, JD
Georgia Levenson Keohane, MSc, MBA
Robert S. Lawrence, MD
Steven M. Safyer, MD
Donna Shelley, MD, MPH
Gerson H. Smoger, JD, PhD
Kerry J. Sulkowicz, MD


Marion J. Bergman, MD, MPA and Stanley Bergman

Deborah Ascheim, MD and Tom Ascheim
Alan K. Jones and Ashley Garrett
Katharine D. Myers
Ropes & Gray LLP
Donna Shelley, MD, MPH and Larry Shelley
Kerry J. Sulkowicz, MD and Sandra Leong, MD
Martin and Lois Whitman

Arkin Family Foundation
Sherrye and David Dantzker, MD
Andy Dunn
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Greater New York Hospital Association
Stephan Haimo and Veronica Bulgari
Michele Heisler, MD, MPA and Jamie Tappenden, PhD
Frank Litvack, MD and Shelley Litvack
Montefiore Health System
Gerson H. Smoger, JD, PhD
Eliot Spitzer

PHR Honors Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı