The 2018 One Enchanted Evening event raised $262,481 to benefit the Emergency Department at Mather Hospital.  Please join us for our next One Enchanted Evening on Friday, November 1, 2019

Honoree Bios

Michael J. Dowling is president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health, which delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

Northwell Health is the largest integrated health care system in New York State with a total workforce of more than 66,000 employees — the state’s largest private employer. With 23 hospitals, 6,675 hospital and long-term care beds, 645 outpatient physician practices and a full complement of long-term care services, Northwell is one of the nation’s largest health systems, with $11 billion in annual revenue.

Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling was the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining Northwell Health in 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.

Before his public service career, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, and director of the Fordham campus in Westchester County.

Mr. Dowling is chair of the Healthcare Institute and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences and the North American Board of the Smurfit School of Business at University College, Dublin, Ireland. He also serves as a board member of the Long Island Association. He is past chair and a current board member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the League of Voluntary Hospitals of New York. Mr. Dowling was an instructor at the Center for Continuing Professional Education at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Mr. Dowling grew up in Limerick, Ireland. He earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, and his master’s degree from Fordham University. He also has honorary doctorates from University College Dublin, Hofstra University, Dowling College and Fordham University.

Dr. David Chu is a medical oncologist at New York Cancer and Blood Specialists. He currently serves as Section Chief for Hematology/Oncology at Mather Hospital.  He also serves as Chair of Mather’s Breast Program Leadership Committee (BPL) Chair which oversees the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers Standards for Accreditation for Mather Hospital.  Dr. Chu chairs Cancer Committee, where he oversees the Commission on Cancer Standards for Accreditation for Mather and St. Charles Hospitals.  He is a lead physician for the Lung Cancer Conference, a multidisciplinary review of newly diagnosed lung cancer patients to recommend further diagnostic testing or treatment plan. Dr. Chu also serves as the lead medical oncologist for Mather’s Brain & Spine Tumor Program and has been a speaker at Mather’s HealthyU community education series.

Dr. Chu is a graduate of St. George’s School of Medicine, Grenada and he completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology Oncology at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Dr. Atwa has been a surgeon at Mather Hospital since 2001. He served as Director of the Department of Surgery from 2014-2017 and Section Chief of General Surgery since 2014. He is a graduate of Ains Sham University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Metropolitan Group Hospitals (University of Illinois) and his Fellowship in Laparoendoscopic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center.  He is Board Certified in Surgery.

Dr. Atwa has supported many of Mather’s fundraising efforts including the 3 North Building Project, Thrift Shop Renovation and the Village Cup Regatta.