Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center to honor cardiologist, ENT physician at 30th Diamond Gala

Posted: 9/12/2019

The Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center will honor ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Rami Payman and Dr. Daniel O’Dea, a pioneering cardiologist at the Poughkeepsie hospital, at its 30th Diamond Gala.

The annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a formal program. The event co-chairs Geeta and Dr. Simon Gorwara and Marabeth and Dr. Thomas S. Robinson.

“It gives us great pleasure to honor these outstanding members of our medical community who bring exceptional expertise and compassion to our patients,” said Sarah Levine, chairwoman of the Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center. “This is a great social event and it’s also a wonderful opportunity to raise important financial support for Vassar Brothers Medical Center, which will open its new patient pavilion in 2020.”

O’Dea was one of the pioneering cardiologists who helped open the cardiac catheterization lab at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in October 1993. The lab was the first building block of what has developed into the area’s only cardiac-thoracic surgery service. He is also the former managing partner/president of The Heart Center, or Hudson Valley Cardiovascular Practice, PC. He is now vice president of cardiovascular services for Nuvance Health, formerly Health Quest.

Payman is with ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP. He is the Chair for the Department of Otolaryngology at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and is a member of both the Medical Executive Committee and the Operating Room Committee at the hospital. He has been involved as a clinical instructor teaching the family practice residents from The Institute for Family Health in Kingston, NY, and maintains an appointment as visiting attending, assistant clinical professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology.

For information on how to make a gift or to purchase tickets to the Diamond Gala, call Ann Armater, executive director of the Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center, at 845-790-9360 (TTY 1-800-421-1220) or visit

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