Dentist of the Year
Jacob L. Revercomb, DDS, DICOI, Revercomb Dental Group
Health Care Facility of the Year
Masonic Care Community of NY (Oneida Co)
Familycare Medical Group, PC (Onondaga Co)
Innovations in Health Care
Restorative Care Unit at Loretto
Nurse of the Year
Tara Falso, LPN, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists
Physical Therapist of the Year
Jill F. Gillette, PT, DPT, Liberty POST
Physician of the Year
Sunny Aslam, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Surgeon of the Year
Kara C. Kort, MD, FACS, St. Joseph’s Health
Veterinarian of the Year
Paul F. Bookbinder, DVM, DACVS, Upstate Veterinary Surgical Center
Volunteer of the Year
Caitlin Sgarlat-Deluca, DO, MSc, Make-A-Wish Central New York
A. John Merola Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Dracker, MD, MHA, MBA, CPI
Dr. Dracker received his B.A in Biology from NYU, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and subsequently attended medical school at the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, where he also graduated Alpha Omega Alpha with honors. He completed a residency and two fellowships in Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Transfusion Medicine. Dr. Dracker later obtained a Master’s degree in Health Services Management (MHA) from the New School for Social Research and an MBA from Columbia College. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Transfusion Medicine, Quality Assurance and Utilization Review and as a Certified Physician Investigator.
Dr. Dracker was the President of the Onondaga County Medical Society in Syracuse, NY in 2009/2010 and was also the Chief of Pediatrics at Community General Hospital in Syracuse up until June, 2017. He is currently the Vice President and President –Elect of the Alumni Foundation of the College of Medicine. Dr. Dracker served as Medical Director of the Transfusion Medicine Service at University Hospital for five years prior to his current position as founder and Medical Director of Summerwood Pediatrics and Infusacare Medical Services since 1993. Dr. Dracker has been actively involved in the area of clinical research, cord blood banking and stem cell transplant. He was the medical director of The Biocyte Corporation which facilitated the first cord blood transplant in the United States and was the Medical Director of ViaCord in Cambridge, Massachusetts up until May of 2007. He was also the founding Executive Medical Director of the Americord Corporation and still serves in that capacity. Dr. Dracker served on the NYS Governor’s Council for Blood and Transfusion Services for 17 years and was the Chairperson and member of the Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Committee for the New York State Department of Health. He has been Chairman of the Heart, Lung and Cancer Committee for the Medical Society of New York State from 2015 to the present date. He also serves as a board member of the Office of Professional Conduct for the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Dracker has also served as a board member of the Pediatric Advisory Committee of the FDA since 2014 and is currently the chairman of that committee, serving until June of 2019.
Dr. Dracker has presented worldwide on a many topics regarding pharmaceutical parental or intravenous therapies, clinical research and a variety of pediatric healthcare policies and stem cell therapy. He holds five U.S Patents in the area of cord blood stem cell collection and processing. He is actively involved in ongoing basic science and clinical research, particularly involving intravenous therapies, vaccine development, cord blood stem cell procurement and has published over 80 abstract and articles.
He is an active Board Member of a number of local organizations including: Multiple Sclerosis Resources, Charity for Children and WCNY. He is also a major supporter and advocate for Joseph’s House in Syracuse, The Upstate Medical Foundation and Alumni Foundation and for Crouse Hospital.
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