Leaving a Legacy at Mount Sinai
Friday, December 16, 2016
Posted by: Julie Briggs
Mount Sinai is delighted to announce a major bequest promised by Kenneth L. Edelson, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology. Dr. Edelson’s legacy gift will fund a professorship, a grant for skin cancer research, and a medical student scholarship.
Dr. Edelson, an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine, was one of 42 graduates of the School’s inaugural Class of 1972. He trained with noted leaders in the field of medicine—Hans Popper, Lou Aledort, Richard and Mortimer Bader, and Henry Janowitz, among others—who inspired him to pursue a career in dermatology.
Over several decades, Dr. Edelson has achieved a reputation as one of the most experienced practitioners of cosmetic rejuvenation using dermal fillers. In 1982, he was a clinical investigator for the Collagen Corporation during the development of the first FDA-approved filler called Zyderm®, and he has pioneered a wide range of approved fillers since that time. An expert in the areas of hand recontouring and facial-volume restoration, Dr. Edelson teaches a monthly workshop for dermatology resident physicians. He is internationally recognized as one of the first to use the bolus technique of injecting calcium hydroxylapatite for hand rejuvenation and has published journal articles and textbook chapters on the subject.
Dr. Edelson lives in Manhattan and has been fortunate enough to enjoy a second career as an actor. Because of his longtime friendship with Woody Allen and the director’s appreciation of Dr. Edelson’s talent for comedy, the dermatologist was given parts in 18 of Allen’s films. In 2015, Dr. Edelson was sworn in as an Honorary Police Surgeon by William J. Bratton, then New York City Police Commissioner. This is the highest rank a civilian physician can achieve within the NYPD.
For Mount Sinai, bequest intentions like these are essential to providing outstanding education, research, and clinical care for future generations. “Making a philanthropic commitment is a deeply personal decision, and there are different ways to make gifts that are long lasting and meaningful,” according to Mark Kostegan, FAHP, who is Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President for Development at Mount Sinai. “Planned gifts help to sustain the mission of Mount Sinai and ensure our institution’s success for many generations to come.”