Honorees
 
Dino J. Veronese          Dhanan Etwaru, MD          Linus M. Yoe, MD          John Catsimatidis, Jr.
 
 
Dino J. Veronese
Founders Medalist
 
Dino was born on August 29, 1923. He received his degree from Columbia University and attended American Institute of Banking as well. He joined Fiduciary Trust Company International in 1974, where he served as a Senior Vice President and was responsible for managing individual and trust portfolios.
 
Among his many philanthropic activities, he served as the President of the Montauk Club from 1971-1974 and 1980-1991. He’s affectionately known by its members as the club’s “Godfather.” He is currently serving as The Chairman of The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation as well as serving as a member of The Brooklyn Hospital Center Board of Trustees.
 
 
 
Dhanan Etwaru, MD
Walter E. Reed Medalist

Dr. Dhanan J. Etwaru earned his medical degree from SUNY-Stonybrook Medical Center in 1986. He later completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Winthrop University Hospital, followed by General Surgery and Urology at the Kings County Hospital. He is double board certified in both Internal Medicine as well as Urology.
 
Dr. Etwaru joined The Brooklyn Hospital Center in 1995. A pioneer in modern medicine, he provides the latest in minimally invasive procedures including Laparoscopic and Robotic surgeries. In addition to his role as Attending Physician, he has also served as the Chairman of the Department of Urology for 12 years and is the Program Director of the SUNY Downstate Urology Residency Program at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Etwaru is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn.
 
He and his wife Sandy have been married for 32 years and they have three children. In his spare time, Dr. Etwaru is an avid golfer.
 
 
Linus M. Yoe, MD
APD and Chief, General IM 
Department of Medicine

Dr. Linus Yoe graduated from the Institute of Medicine in Yangon, Myanmar where he was born and raised. After five years of service as a medical officer in Myanmar, he moved to the Unites States where he received Internal Medicine training at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), graduating from the program in 2005. Upon graduation, he joined the Department of Medicine as a member of the core faculty.
 
Since 2006, he has served as the Medical Clerkship Director, where he taught and guided medical students from schools including; Weill Cornell Medical School, St. George’s University School of Medicine and the American University of the Caribbean. He is currently the Associate Program Director and Chief of General Internal Medicine at TBHC. Since 2011, he has been actively involved in the Professional Staff, serving in various roles including Secretary and Vice President, which led to his appointment as President of the Professional Staff and Chair of the Medical Board at TBHC from 2017 to 2018. Not only is he an excellent clinician, but he has been a marvelous teacher to all of the medical residents and students placed under his guidance. As recognition for his dedication and passion, he received the Fribourg Teaching Award and the Teacher of the Year Award in the Department of Medicine in 2005 and 2011.
 
Dr. Yoe is also one of the founding members of the Myanmar American Medicine Education Society (MAMES), and he has provided the leading role in the Society’s annual Scientific Meeting, Residency Guidance, and Residency Mock Interviews and has done so without fail for the past 15 years. He is currently serving as the President of MAMES until 2020. He was also recently honored by Kings County Medical Society in March, 2019, and as immediate past president by TBHC Professional Staff in May, 2019 for his excellent service and leadership.
 
He resides in Downtown Brooklyn and is happily married to his wife, Dr. Ma Sandar, a Geriatrician. Their one and only precious daughter, Hillary, was born at TBHC.
 
 
John Catsimatidis, Jr.
Robert B. Catell Emerging Philanthropist Awardee

John is a Principal at the Red Apple Group. Red Apple Group is a conglomerate that owns and operates assets in the energy, real estate, finance, insurance, and supermarket industries. In addition to his involvement in the operations of portfolio companies, John also co-leads the investment team which looks at both private and public opportunities.
 
He is a graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business, where he received a B.S. for his concentrations in finance and management. For his leadership at NYU, he was presented the President’s Service Award for distinguished service and contribution to the New York University Community.
 
John is involved in all of the philanthropic activities of the Catsimatidis Family Foundation, which supports organizations such as the Police Athletic League and the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
 
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