The Fifth Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture Program is presented by The Cooper Foundation, Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. This event is funded by The Berkowitz Family Foundation.

Guest Speaker

Damon Tweedy, MD

TweedyDr. Damon Tweedy is author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat, selected by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Non-Fiction books of 2015. For the last several years, Tweedy has written and lectured on the intersection of race and medicine, publishing articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, in addition to the medical journals JAMA and Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He completed both his medical internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital. He is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and a staff psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center.


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This event is generously funded by The Berkowitz Family Foundation, located in Merion, PA. The Foundation was created to support a variety of philanthropic activities, locally and around the world, with a special interest in activities related to medical ethics, education and programs for seniors.

The gift resulted from an initiative taken by the late Mr. Edwin Berkowitz, a successful businessman and philanthropic leader in the Delaware Valley. Mr. Berkowitz passed away in January 2016 from cancer.

Mr. Berkowitz was the Chairman of the Board of JE Berkowitz, LP Architectural Glass, which was founded by his father in 1920 in Philadelphia. At its outset, the company manufactured mirrors for furniture and department stores in Philadelphia. Mr. Berkowitz then led the company to provide glass for the military and many of the Northeast’s leading homebuilders and apartment developers. Now run by his son, the company has grown to provide glass for many prestigious buildings, including the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, the Bank of America headquarters in Charlotte, NC, the Omni Hotel in Dallas, PNC world headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and many others. The company operates out of a 250,000 square foot, state of the art facility in Pedricktown, NJ.

Mr. Berkowitz was very committed to the local community. He was the driving force behind the funding and the construction of the Hillel House at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as President of the Uptown Home for the Aged, President of the Golden Slipper Center for Seniors, and was the past president of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

On a personal level as a patient, Mr. Berkowitz observed the importance of ethical behavior and empathy by health care professionals. He was passionate when discussing the role of medical ethics in every day care and the ethical considerations in the development of unique treatments and medical technology.

Mr. Berkowitz had an interest in new “personalized medicine” cancer treatment programs that identify genetic changes within the tumor itself.

We celebrate the Fifth Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Program in his memory.

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Amber Oakley