PORT JEFFERSON, NY – David BenEliyahu, DC, director of Mather Hospital’s Chiropractic Collaboration and Back & Neck Pain Center, was named Mather’s 2019 Community Honoree. Cardiologist David Shenouda, DO, and neurosurgeon Sumeer Sathi, MD, were chosen to receive the 2019 Theodore Roosevelt Awards for service to the Hospital and to the community. The awards will be presented at Mather’s One Enchanted Evening gala on Friday, Nov. 1, at East Wind Long Island in Wading River.

Mather selects a special Community Honoree who has supported the Hospital and its programs over the years. The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council created the Theodore Roosevelt Award more than 50 years ago to honor those who demonstrate exceptional volunteer commitment to a member hospital and its community.

2019 Community Honoree

David BenEliyahu, DC

Dr. BenEliyahu is the founder and administrative director of Mather’s Back & Neck Pain Center, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and collaborative spine care center. He has coordinated the Neurospine Summit in Suffolk County for four years, which has featured multidisciplinary case reviews of complex spine cases, to enhance care coordination for of community spine care providers.

Dr. BenEliyahu also directs the Mather Chiropractic Collaboration program, the first of its kind in New York. The program promotes coordination and collaborative care between community chiropractors, and Mather’s medical staff for patients who wish to see both medical and chiropractic providers.

A 1982 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic, he has been in active private practice for 36 years at Coram-Selden Chiropractic. He has advanced postgraduate certifications in sports injuries and pain management. Dr. BenEliyahu is widely published on spine care in peer-reviewed journals and is a frequent presenter on spine care at professional conferences. His Chiropractic practice was one of the first few in the USA to be recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance in Patient Centered Connected Care (PCCC). He is a member of the USA Olympic Medal Society, having been selected to spend a month at the U.S. Olympic Training Center treating Olympic and USA elite athletes.


2019 Theodore Roosevelt Award Winners

David Shenouda, DO

Dr. Shenouda is a board-certified cardiologist with Three Village Cardiology, a practice of Harbor View Medical Services. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University.

He most recently served as president of Mather’s Medical Staff and chairman of its Medical Board. During his tenure in that role he was a founding member of the Committee on Promoting Physician Excellence, which is a subcommittee of Quality Management that established expectations for the medical staff regarding standards of performance in professionalism, wellness, communication and teamwork skills. Dr. Shenouda partnered with the Academy for Physician Leadership to develop training and lectures for the Medical Staff. He is a champion in engaging the medical staff in Mather’s journey to becoming a high reliability organization.

He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, He completed an internship at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, his internal medicine residency at Winthrop University Hospital and a cardiovascular medicine fellowship at Winthrop.

Sumeer Sathi, MD

Dr. Sathi is a neurosurgeon who has been instrumental in building the neurosciences service line at Mather Hospital. He serves as section chief of Neurosurgery and as medical director of Neurosciences and the Back & Neck Pain Center, an innovative holistic, multidisciplinary program established in 2016.

He is a perennial presenter at Mather’s annual Spine Summit. Dr. Sathi also is a clinical assistant professor of neurological surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Sathi received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, and continued his interest in the neurosciences by training in neurosurgery.  He served as general surgery intern and neurosurgery resident at the Harvard Medical School program, The Children’s Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He also supervised the cerebrovascular research laboratory involved in neuroprotection. After finishing his residency, he entered a skull base and cerebrovascular surgery fellowship under the tutelage of Dr. John Tew, Jr. at Mayfield Institute and the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.


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Mather Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high-quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather has received 13 “A” ratings for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. No other hospital in New York State has received more top ratings. For further information about Mather Hospital, visit www.matherhospital.org or “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/matherhospital.


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