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SAVE THE DATE: June 7, 2010 - New York Hospital Queens, Patients Honor Fetal Medicine Pioneer, Dr. Julian De Lia

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 General News J E 4
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Thousands to attend Gala fundraiser featuring private performance by comedian Bill Cosby

EVENT: On June 7, more than 2,500 employees, friends and benefactors of New York Hospital Queens [www.nyhq.org] will celebrate the extraordinary contributions of fetal medicine specialist, Julian De Lia, M.D. He is being honored for his pioneering work in the development of a treatment for Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.  

A number of his patients -- mothers and their twin children -- who are the living testament to Dr. De Lia's work will join the hospital in honoring him at Lincoln Center.

The 2010 A Spring Night Gala is the hospital's major fundraising event, and includes a live, private, performance by one of America's most prolific comedians, Bill Cosby. Proceeds from the fundraising event are critical to the hospital's ability to expand services in the fast-growing Queens community.

WHERE: David H. Koch Theater

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Broadway at 63rd Street, New York, NY, 10023

WHEN: Monday, June 7, 2010 (press credentials please)

6:00 p.m.: Cocktails and Dinner (7:00 p.m. Brief Presentation)

9:00 p.m.: Ceremony honoring Dr. Julian De Lia

9:30 p.m.: Private comedic performance by Bill Cosby

FYI: Internationally known obstetrician/gynecologist Julian De Lia, M.D., was selected to be the 2010 recipient of the hospital's prestigious Pacesetter Award for his contributions in the treatment of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). TTTS is a disease of the placenta that is shared by identical twins. The death rate for twins who develop TTTS may be as high as 80 to 100 percent.  Dr. De Lia developed a laser surgery technique that is more successful overall than other treatments available, and it is now performed in many U.S. hospitals and abroad.

TTTS occurs when twins or multiple fetuses share a single placenta containing connective blood vessels. The result may be an uneven blood flow in which one fetus receives too much blood and the other too little. Dr. De Lia's technique disconnects these vessels. When the operation is performed, in 90 percent of the cases at least one twin survives, and in 66 percent of cases, both twins survive.

Since 1988, Dr. De Lia has treated patients from 43 states, two Canadian provinces, and consulted with patients and physicians from 48 states and 55 countries, including a number of patients from the New York region, some of whom will attend the celebration of Dr. De Lia's work.

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- May 26/

SOURCE New York Hospital Queens

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