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Donation to boost URMC orthopedics research program

Rochester Business Journal
April 8, 2014

A pair of married University of Rochester Medical Center doctors is donating $750,000 to further the center’s orthopedics research program.

Eva Pressman M.D., who heads URMC’s obstetrics and gynecology department, and Highland Hospital neurosurgeon Seth Zeidman M.D. decided on the gift after a bicycle accident several years ago left Zeidman perilously close to death.

Zeidman suffered a broken arm in the tumble, but the accident also brought on a heart attack.

Care by URMC orthopedic surgeon Stephen Kates M.D. left him capable of continuing his own surgical career, Zeidman said. But more importantly, Zeidman said, Kates’ recognition of his heart attack saved his life.

The gift will help fund research at the Center for Musculoskeletal Research such as a project to develop a vaccine against methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections following bone and joint surgery.

“This generous gift from Eva and Seth will allow our nationally recognized researchers to continue to unravel the mysteries of musculoskeletal health and develop therapies that will impact patients today and in the future,” said Mark Taubman, dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
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