Hundreds of Women Get Helpful Health Information at North Shore-LIJ Conference

Approximately 600 women learned about various aspects of their health through workshops, interactive seminars and a keynote speech by TODAY Show fourth hour co-host Hoda Kotb Tuesday at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale during the sixth Katz Institute for Women’s Health conference, the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today.

The day’s workshops focused on topics including cancer screening; heart health; stress and anxiety; digestive health; weight management; bone health; eye health; vitamins and supplements; foot health; and caring for the caregiver. After Ms. Kotb’s inspirational keynote speech, in which she discussed her trials in getting her first job and the enlightening wisdom she has picked up through her work and travels, workshop attendees took part in interactive sessions about yoga, guided mediation and healthy food pairings.

The Katz Institute for Women’s Health is dedicated to providing women with healthcare and education specific to their health needs, which differ from those of men. 

“We aim to provide the communities we serve with the best health education and wellness services to ensure that they remain healthy,” said Stacey Rosen, MD, vice president of women’s health at the North Shore-LIJ Katz Institute for Women’s Health. “We are elated that so many people could join us for this conference and learn about valuable health information that they can then pass on to their families, friends and communities.”

During the women’s health conference, five North Shore-LIJ female physicians were also honored for their accomplishments and dedication to the health system. Those physicians include: Tina Walch, MD, medical director of South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, who received the Tita Monti Award for Outstanding Community Education; Beth Gottlieb, MD, director of pediatric rheumatology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, who got the Sandra Atlas Bass Award for Clinical Excellence; Suzanne El-Sayegh, MD, associate chairman and associate program director of the department of medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, who was awarded the Ann Gottlieb Award for Excellence in Teaching; Maria Torroella Carney, MD, chief of the division of geriatric and palliative medicine in the North Shore-LIJ department of medicine, who got the Sharon Joyce Schlanger Award for Outstanding Community Service; and Andrea Vambutas, MD, chair of the department of otolaryngology at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, who received the Lorinda de Roulet Award for Excellence in Research. 

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