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14th Annual Jefferson Gala to Honor SAP CEO Bill McDermott & Renowned Surgeon Dr. Edmund Pribitkin


14th Annual Jefferson Gala to Honor SAP CEO Bill McDermott  and Renowned Surgeon Dr. Edmund Pribitkin

PHILADELPHIA  – The 14th Annual Jefferson Gala will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 6 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. This year’s Gala will honor Bill McDermott with the Award of Merit for his civic and philanthropic leadership and Edmund Pribitkin, M.D., MBA, FACS, with the Achievement Award in Medicine for his contributions to medical science and compassionate care. Rock legend Jon Bon Jovi will present the Award of Merit to McDermott.

Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott is CEO of SAP, the global business software market leader. With more 300,000 customers in 193 countries, SAP’s vision is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Under McDermott’s leadership, SAP has doubled its annual revenues, doubled its market value, tripled its customer base and repeatedly been ranked the #1 most sustainable software company. McDermott has received numerous awards for his civic leadership, including City Year’s Idealist of the Year, the We Are Family Foundation’s Visionary Award and the Children’s Aid Society’s Promise Award. Last year, McDermott suffered a harrowing accident and sought treatment at Jefferson, where he was under the care of this year’s physician honoree, Dr. Edmund Pribitkin.

Dr. Edmund Pribitkin

Dr. Edmund Pribitkin

Pribitkin, Professor and Academic Vice Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Co-Director of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Center at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, is a committed caregiver and humanitarian who has done extensive work treating victims of domestic abuse. Pribitkin has served as president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s subcommittee on domestic violence and has worked with overseas agencies to provide specialized medical care not available to patients in their home countries. Among the first to publish on the clinical uses of Botox, Pribitkin has spent his career at Jefferson innovating, mentoring and caring for patients.

“This year’s Gala is special because our two honorees are doctor and patient,” says Stephen Klasko, M.D., MBA, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. “Together, they took on life-changing adversity and emerged better human beings. It’s a singular Jefferson story of skill, compassion, grit and above all, partnership.”

In the 14 years since the tradition began, the Gala has raised $11.6 million with annual attendance reaching 1,000. Proceeds from the Gala support the discovery, education and patient-centered care at Jefferson.

To learn more about the Jefferson Gala, visit


About Jefferson

Jefferson, through its academic and clinical entities of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, including Abington Health and Aria Health, is reimagining health care for the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey. Jefferson has 23,000 people dedicated to providing the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies to define the future of care. With a university and hospital that date back to 1824, today Jefferson is comprised of six colleges, nine hospitals, 34 outpatient and urgent care locations, and a multitude of physician practices throughout the region, serving more than 100,000 inpatients, 373,000 emergency patients and 2.2 million outpatient visits annually.

For more information and a complete listing of Jefferson services and locations, visit

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