Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Redwood City, CA - Sep 11, 2017 - The Weingarten Children’s Center (WCC) announced that Rodney Perkins, MD, has been chosen to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at their 50th anniversary celebration and annual gala on September 16th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara.
An ear surgeon by training, Dr. Perkins is known globally as much for his contributions as a medical device entrepreneur as for his considerable success as a surgeon and educator. His desire to improve the lives of those in need through medical technology has led him to found over ten successful companies across a broad range of medical specialties. His leadership, creativity, and boundless energy have provided patients with fundamentally new methods to improve their lives. Companies arising from his vision include Laserscope, Cohesion, Novacept, Pulmonx, SoundPort, and ReSound, which introduced digital hearing aids and changed the industry for good. His latest company, EarLens is poised to revolutionize hearing devices again by using light energy to focus and amplify sound for those with hearing loss. Dr. Perkins is a true visionary, whose work will continue to have a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of individuals around the globe.
Dr. Perkins has been the source of continued inspiration to the leadership of WCC, demonstrating how the effective use of technology can amplify clinicians’ ability to reach those most in need. “I credit Dr. Perkins with creating one of the first pediatric implant programs in Northern California and staffing it with the best experts. This then became a model for centers around the nation,” said Kathy Sussman who had served as Executive Director Emeritus of WCC for over two decades. “Today, technology is helping us overcome the physical boundaries that separate people from the care and services they need with programs like BabyTalk where we can impact deaf babies as far away as India. It is a privilege to be able to celebrate Dr. Perkins who has dedicated his life to making a meaningful difference in the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing.”
It is a privilege to be able to celebrate Dr. Perkins who has dedicated his life to making a meaningful difference in the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing.
Since 1967, the Weingarten Children’s Center has been at the forefront offering revolutionary educational programs to deaf and hard of hearing children teaching them to speak and listen, and empowering them to reach their full potential. Under the guidance of the school’s dynamic founder, Leahea Grammatico, followed by Executive Director Emeritus, Kathy Sussman, WCC has become an internationally recognized leader. Included in the Center’s breakthroughs are BabyTalk launched in collaboration with Stanford University. By using teletherapy, BabyTalk provides vital educational services to geographically and economically challenged families with infants and toddlers with hearing loss by connecting families in need with preeminent and experienced therapists.
The Weingarten Children’s Center 50th Anniversary Benefit, and Auction is expected to attract nearly 300 philanthropists, educators, physicians, parents, and alumni. In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, we will have the inaugural presentation of Leahea Grammatico Awards to educator Kathy Sussman, philanthropists Don and Juanita Potter and alumna Meribeth Germino.
The gala takes place Saturday September 16th, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara at 5:30 PM. For more information visit: https://jwposd.ejoinme.org/goldenjubilee
Jennifer Aguilar, M.S., CCC-SLP
Weingarten Children's Center