DR. KOSTOPOULOS TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED AWARD
By Dimitri G. Soultogiannis
Special to the Hellenic News of America
New York, NY—A prominent Greek-American Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos will receive the distinguished Humanitarian Award from the BNAI ZION Foundation during the institution’s Tribute Dinner that’s expected to take place on Thursday May 9th, 2013 at the BNAI ZION House.
The Bnai Zion Medical Center is the only hospital in northern Israel with a rehabilitation department, and it provides medical care of the highest quality with a compassionate touch to citizens regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. The objective of the Rehabilitation Department is to enable patients to carry on and maximize their functional integration in society. In 2012, the Medical Center treated over 35,000 individuals, and approximately 13,000 surgeries were performed and 3,275 babies were delivered there. The Hellenic Relief Foundation, Inc., is a humanitarian organization committed to providing relief to the people of Greece. Relief comes in the form of assuring that less fortunate individuals have their basic needs met.
“It’s very exciting to be a part of this wonderful event that combines a Tribute Dinner honoring Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos, a humanitarian and personal friend, with a Fundraising Event that will greatly benefit both the B’Nai Zion Medical Center and the Hellenic Relief Foundation, which do so much for their respective causes and communities in Haifa, Israel and all over Greece,” Evangelina Triliouris, a lawyer and one of the dinner’s co-chairs told the Hellenic News of America.
Other co-chairs include Dr. Mark Amir, Dr. Richard Brandt, Billy Yip, Thomas Fitzgibbon, Jr., Dr. Richard Gilbert, Hon. Charles Lavine, Dr. Konstantine Rizopoulos, Nancy and Oscar Romero.
Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos is a leading expert in myofascial pain and co-founder of the Hands-On companies, which focus on physical therapy and rehabilitation, diagnostic testing, education and business management.
As an educator, Dr. Kostopoulos has extensive teaching and training experience in different areas of manual therapy and electrodiagnosis. As a clinician, he is a board-certified clinical electrophysiology specialist who has helped thousands of patients over his 25 years of clinical practice.
Dr. Kostopoulos serves on the board of directors of the Hellenic Medical Society, of the AIPT (as past co-chair) and of SACE, where he is an item writer for the Clinical Electrophysiology board exam. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT). Dr Kostopoulos is a past faculty member of Mercy College, a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management, and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and of the American Academy of Orthopedic & Manipulative Physical Therapy.
Dr. Kostopoulos earned his doctorate (Ph.D) and master’s degree at New York University. He earned his second Doctorate of Science (DSc) degree in clinical electrophysiology from Rocky Mountain University and his MD degree from UHSA School of Medicine. He has also completed studies in traditional Chinese medicine.
Along with his business associate, Dr. Kostas Rizopoulos, Dr. Kostopoulos has done extensive humanitarian work raising funds for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, Child’s Smile, the Hellenic Relief Foundation, Bnai Zion Foundation, Youth for Human Rights, and others. Their educational organization has delivered pro-bono educational programs across the globe and has offered over $100,000 in scholarships. Dr. Kostopoulos has taught students around the world and has published numerous research articles, books and videos in the areas of manual therapy and electrophysiology.
The Bnai Zion Medical Center is a leading urban hospital that serves the communities of northern Israel, providing compassionate care without regard to one’s ethnicity, religion or economic background. More than 64,000 visits are made annually to its emergency department.
The Hellenic Relief Foundation is the initiative of Americans of Hellenic descent who wish to address Greek needs in health and nutrition. Every month, representatives of the Foundation are visiting Greece, at their personal expense, to deliver packaged food supplies to families and children in need. The foods supplied represent the classic Mediterranean diet and will be purchased locally from Greek producers. Packaging and distribution is been performed by volunteers assisting the Foundation in its mission. The recipients of the Hellenic-American community’s support, delivered through the Foundation, are identified through ongoing communication with persons and organizations presently engaged in charitable activities in Greece.
If you wish you to make a donation or get some more information for the event please call one of the event’s co-chairs Ms. Evangelina Triliouris at 516-672-2169 or e-mail [email protected]