GMSF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on providing assistance to children in need

GMSF has raised millions of dollars through the generosity of our donors for the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of Northwell Health (CCMC). The CCMC is the largest provider of pediatric medical care in New York State and has been ranked, for the 8th year, by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country. We are honored to share with our donors and supporters, the opportunity to fund important pediatric services that offer the maximum in skilled, quality care in a compassionate and comfortable environment.

Over the years, we have met with the CCMC leadership team and talented physicians who have guided us in our support of specific programs.

• Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation The Gambino Medical & Science Foundation Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit

• Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine The Gambino Medical & Science Foundation Trauma and Imaging Center

• Division of Pediatric Endocrinology Juvenile Diabetes Center

• Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Children with ADHD

• Division of Pediatric Neurology Epilepsy Treatment Program

• Child Life and Creative Art Therapies Program Staffing

• The Gambino Medical & Science Foundation Annual Holiday Event

The following remarks from division Chiefs describe the impressive impact our donations have had on the patient population in this region who receive their care and treatment at Cohen Children’s Medical Center:


Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation

The extraordinary generosity of the Gambino Medical & Science Foundation enabled the children’s hospital to open the first dedicated and approved Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit in New York State. Through this visionary gift in 1991, Cohen Children’s Medical Center has propelled the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology to its current position as an international leader in their fight to prevent, and ultimately eradicate, childhood cancer and blood disorders through research-based excellence in patient care.

Jeffrey M. Lipton, MD, PhD  Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Cohen Children’s Medical Center


Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The Gambino Medical & Science Foundation Trauma and Imaging Center is the “heart” of the new Pediatric Emergency Department. Within this Level I pediatric trauma center is a dedicated, state-of-the-art suite, equipped with the most advanced technology, including a low dose radiation CT scanner with a child friendly aquarium theme. In addition, there are two separate areas for x-rays, all designed exclusively to save the lives of the young pediatric trauma patients. Anxiety for the children and their families is significantly reduced by the physicians and health care professionals who are specially trained to care for the most serious injuries and traumas, with both skill and compassion. We thank the Gambino family and their friends for their significant funding of this vital component of the children’s hospital.

Jahn Avarello, MD, FAAP, FACEP  Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Cohen Children’s Medical Center


Division of Pediatric Endocrinology

Recognizing that a diagnosis of childhood diabetes is a difficult one for both parents and children, the Gambino’s passion for children, especially those coping with challenging diseases, motivated them to support the Pediatric Diabetes Center at Cohen Children’s. Advanced treatment protocols, along with optimal blood-sugar control and supervised by a specially trained team of diabetes specialists, assist and support the young patients. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Cohen Diabetes and Endocrine Disorder Program as one of the best in the nation. The Gambino Medical & Science Foundation has helped make this possible.

Phyllis Speiser, MD  Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology Cohen Children’s Medical Center


Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics

A diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder) can devastate a child and his or her family. It not only affects a child’s performance in school but also his behavior at home, as well as socially with peers. The ADHD Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center serves as a highly respected resource for families in the NY metropolitan area. The Gambino Medical & Science Foundation has contributed to the division’s research efforts in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for children with ADHD. The Gambino’s important funding has enabled us to provide families with the latest information and evidence-based treatments for CAM treatments for ADHD and other behavioral and developmental disorders.

Andrew Adesman, MD Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Cohen Children’s Medical Center


Division of Pediatric Neurology

Funding of this vital service has helped to establish a strong Epilepsy/EEG (Electroencephalography) monitoring program in the children’s hospital as they treat a large number of these patients throughout the New York metropolitan region. Continuous EEG monitoring is important to better diagnose and treat children with seizures or with epilepsy. In 2014, the program performed extended overnight ambulatory EEG’s at home on 450 children and overnight studies in the hospital on 840 children. The Gambino Medical & Science Foundation has provided significant funds to enable the successful and effective treatment of children with diverse neurological issues. The Division of Pediatric Neurology is grateful for this vital support.

Joseph Maytal, MD Chief, Pediatric Neurology Cohen Children’s Medical Center


Child Life and Creative Art Therapies Program

This special service offered to every young patient is near and dear to all of us at the Gambino Medical & Science Foundation. Hospitalization is frightening for an adult, and can be traumatic for a child. It is vital that this program has sufficient staff members to interact with the patients, providing therapeutic play to prepare the child for surgery, tests and procedures, making the hospital experience as emotionally secure and pleasant as possible. Our annual funding of a child life specialist makes a difference.

Thanks to the Gambino Medical & Science Foundation, the joy of the holiday season is brought to the children’s hospital every year with a special celebration for the patients and their families. Bright smiles fill the beautifully decorated Atrium where live entertainment, a visit from Santa, and toys galore enable the patients and their families to enjoy this magical time of year together!

We know that a more positive hospital experience can lead to a more positive medical outcome for the young patients.

AnnMarie Difrancesca, M.S., CCLS  Director, Child Life and Creative Art Therapies Program Cohen Children’s Medical Center