28th Annual John Vanbiesbrouck Golf & Tennis Tournament – August 1, 2016

Alan T Brown Foundation
28th Annual
John Vanbiesbrouck
Golf & Tennis Tournament
August 1, 2016
Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, New York

Thank you to our generous sponsors and to all the golfers, tennis players, and dinner guests who joined us for a day of fun in support of our cause!



Guest of Honor

Dr. Max Gomez 
CBS News Medical Correspondent


Dr. Max Gomez is an Emmy award winning medical correspondent with more than 36 years of experience. An expert moderator, speaker and emcee, Dr. Max is renowned for his clear, concise presentations of complex medical information to a wide range of audiences. Dr. Max has reported on various devices that are used for patients who experience paralysis, including the recent microchip brain implant technology and robotic eksoskeletons which provides those with spinal cord injuries the chance to stand and walk.

One of TV’s most respected medical journalists, Dr. Max Gomez has produced award-winning health and science segments for network stations in New York and Philadelphia. In addition to NYC’s ‘Excellence in Time of Crisis’ for his September 11 coverage, Dr. Max has been singled out nationally for special award recognition by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The National Marfan Foundation. He was also named the American Health Foundation’s “Man of the Year.”

A noted moderator and speaker, Dr. Max is the regular moderator for Memorial Sloan Kettering’s CancerSmart public education series. He was also an organizer and moderator for three international conferences on cellular therapies and adult stem cells hosted by and held at the Vatican.

Dr. Max is the co-author of “Our Stem Cells – The Mysteries of Life and Secrets of Healing”, a layman’s guide to the medicine of the future, showcasing a wide array of emerging adult stem cell breakthroughs, including their ability to repair damaged hearts and organs, restore sight, kill cancer, cure diabetes, heal burns and stop the march of degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Covering stem cell applications in everything from spinal cord injuries to heart disease, cancer and HIV, it includes a special address by Pope Benedict XVI, urging increased support and awareness for advancements in adult stem cell research in order to alleviate human suffering.

Dr. Max has also served on the national boards of the American Heart Association, Princeton Alumni Weekly Board, Science Writers Fellowship of the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Long Island Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. He also chaired the Communications Committee for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, Dr. Max mentors undergraduate journalism students, as well as medical students and physicians who are interested in medical journalism. He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine (PhD in Neuroscience) and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University. Dr. Max currently resides in New York City.

Standing Tall Award

Jonathan M. Vapnek, M.D. 
Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Dr. Jonathan Vapnek is Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  After completing his Urology residency in his hometown at the University of California, San Francisco, he did a fellowship in Neuro-Urology, Urodynamics and Reconstructive Urology at the University of California, Davis.

After moving to New York City in 1993, he started a collaboration between the urology and spinal cord injury services at both Mt. Sinai and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center – strong relationships that persist to the present day.  In fact, the residents in both the department of Urology and the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation gain unparalleled experience and expertise in neurogenic bladder management during their interactions together on the Spinal Cord Injury Service.

While Dr. Vapnek’s practice includes all of the urological disorders found in most urology practices, his recognized areas of expertise are urinary incontinence, neuro-urology, urodynamics and female urology.  A large number of his patients have problems with urinary incontinence or bladder control problems from neurological disorders including spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injured patients have found Dr. Vapnek a caring physician who can also effectively counsel and treat their issues with sexuality and intimacy.

Dr. Vapnek is Board-Certified and has practiced in New York since 1993.  In all but two years since 1998, New York magazine has named Dr. Vapnek one of New York’s Best Urologists.

Dr. Vapnek is a member of many professional societies and has served on many committees.  He is currently a member of the American Urological Association, the New York Section of the AUA, the American Paraplegia Society, the American Spinal Injury Association, the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, and the New York Academy of Medicine.  He is also called upon frequently as a peer reviewer for academic literature in the areas of Spinal Cord Research, Neuro-urology and Urinary Incontinence.

He has published extensively in the urological literature, having authored or co-authored more than 35 papers, and having made over 50 academic presentations at local, national and international meetings.