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LMC DINNER DANCE TO HONOR PROMINENT BAY RIDGE NATIVE, DR. ROBERT A ZALOOM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LHC DINNER DANCE TO HONOR PROMINENT BAY RIDGE NATIVE, DR. ROBERT ZALOOM

March 18, 2010, Brooklyn, NY…Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) and its Board of Trustees will host its 127th Anniversary "Casino Night" Dinner Dance on May 8 at the Grand Hyatt New York. As LHC's primary fundraiser, the annual event celebrates Lutheran's 127-year legacy of providing quality care in Brooklyn and also honors special individuals who have made tremendous contributions to Lutheran and the patients it serves. The proceeds of the event will go towards the medical center's implementation of electronic medical records.

This year's event will highlight Bay Ridge native and director of the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Cardiology Center, Robert A. Zaloom, M.D., who will receive the Sister Elisabeth Fedde Medal of Service. Named after LHC's foundress in 1883, the award was established to recognize individuals who continue her legacy of service and commitment to meeting the needs of our neighbors.

Dr. Zaloom has dedicated his career to providing cardiac care in Brooklyn for more than twenty years. Born and raised in Bay Ridge, Zaloom attended St. Patrick's Elementary School and Xaverian High School, where he began his career in medicine. He began working as a volunteer nurse's aide at Coney Island Hospital in a high school program that was revolutionary in its day. He attended college at New York University, though continued to work in the hospital on weekends to pay for his education.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics, he attended graduate school and earned a master's degree in biochemistry. He then completed four years of medical school, a three-year internal medicine residency at Lutheran, followed by a fourth year as chief medical resident, and a fellowship in cardiology at SUNY Downstate. After graduation, he came back to Lutheran as an attending physician in cardiology and joined the practice of Nagi Bustros, M.D., and Antoine Fernaine, M.D. Most recently, the group expanded with the addition of Thao Ngo, M.D., and George Fernaine, M.D., and was renamed as "Bay Ridge Hearts."  In addition, he is a full attending at Lenox Hill Hospital and is an assistant professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The crowning achievement of his career was the opening of the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Cardiology Center in 2005 at Lutheran Medical Center. Most recently, the center joined forces with Mount Sinai and has received both FDNY STEMI Center and New York State designations to perform emergency and elective angioplasty (PCI), making it Brooklyn's newest full service cardiac center.

Dr. Zaloom is married to a former Lutheran CCU nurse, Joan, and the couple has four children, all born at LMC. As an active community member, he has coached the St. Anselm's soccer and baseball programs, served as a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Anselm's Church and served on the Xaverian High School board of trustees. He is a member of the Bay Ridge Medical Society and has regularly lectures in the community on cardiac nutrition, which is of special interest to him.

For more information about Lutheran's 127th Anniversary Dinner Dance or to learn about ticket, journal ads and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jeanne Solitario at 718-630-6225. Please also visit http://www.lutheranmedicalcenter.com/GivingOpportunities/or go to http://tinyurl.com/dinnerdance for a sponsorship package.

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