PALM BEACH, FL - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's new President and CEO, Kevin Tabb, MD, was the guest of honor at their annual Palm Beach gathering held Sunday, March 4 at The Breakers. The event was co-chaired by Toby and Carl Sloane, Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner, and Lois E. Silverman Yashar and James J. Yashar, MD.
Introducing Dr. Tabb, Stephen B. Kay, Chair of the BIDMC Board of Directors, said that the new President and CEO brings the perfect combination of clinical expertise and business acumen to the medical center. Dr. Tabb came to BIDMC in October 2011 after serving as Chief Medical Officer of Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Stanford, CA.
"We have brought a national leader in health care to Beth Israel Deaconess," Kay said. "He is exactly the right person to honor the hospital's proud legacy and ensure our future leadership in the rapidly changing world of health care."
With the theme, "Be the Future," the evening featured a discussion of what health care may hold for clinicians, hospitals and patients, and an examination of BIDMC's visionary role in its evolution. Proceeds from the evening will support the President's Innovation Fund, which Dr. Tabb will draw upon for new programs and opportunities.
In keeping with the theme, the medical center announced a $1 million gift from the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation to support the research of Matthew Anderson, MD, PhD, in the relatively new and extremely active research field to understand the genetic components of autism. In 2011, Anderson made a major breakthrough when he developed and published his work on a genetically engineered mouse model for autism, which comes closer to mirroring all of the core symptoms of the disorder in humans than any before.
"Generous donors like Nancy Laurie Marks represent both our past and our future," said Dr. Tabb. "Now more than ever, American medical centers require visionary philanthropic support to advance clinical care and groundbreaking research. BIDMC's research enterprise is among the most important in the world."
New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine addressed the guests to thank BIDMC for being such an important community partner and for taking such good care of the Fenway faithful as the Official Hospital of the Boston Red Sox.
"I am so excited to be in my new role, not just because I intend to bring another World Series trophy to Boston, but also because it is so special and unique to have partnerships like we have with Beth Israel Deaconess," he said. "As a new leader in Boston myself, I welcome your new leader." BIDMC has been the Official Hospital of the Red Sox and Red Sox Nation since 2003.
The discussion on the future of health care was led by Dr. Tabb, Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD, Chair of the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery and BIDMC's Surgeon-in-Chief, and Lowell Schnipper, M.D., Clinical Director of the BIDMC Cancer Center and Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology.
The evening that began with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by the program and dinner at 7 p.m., was emceed by Heather Kahn, BIDMC spokesperson and former anchorwoman at WCVB-TV in Boston, and featured entertainment by The Midtown Men, including four of the original cast members of Jersey Boys.
Guests included: Helaine B. Allen; Cynthia and Theodore S. Berenson; Avram J. and Carol R. Goldberg; Heather Kahn; Nancy M. and Stephen B. Karp; Stephen B. Kay and Lis Tarlow; Althea and Bertram Lank; Thelma Linsey; Heidi and Scott C. Schuster; Lois E. Silverman Yashar and James J. Yashar, MD; Gilda and Alfred Slifka; Toby and Carl Sloane; Judith and Herman Swartz; Caron and Kevin Tabb, MD; Martin Trust; and Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner.
As chief medical officer at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Tabb had broad strategic and operational responsibilities, which included physician network strategy, clinical quality and patient safety initiatives, regulatory and medical staff affairs, and graduate and continuing medical education. He was previously chief quality and medical information officer at Stanford.
Prior to joining Stanford, Dr. Tabb led the Clinical Data Services Division of GE Healthcare IT. Raised in Berkeley, CA, Dr. Tabb emigrated to Israel at the age of 18 and served in the Israel Defense Forces, the country's military service. He received his undergraduate degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his M.D. from Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Hadassah Hospital.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit