December 7, 2018
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Rochester Pediatric Dentist Dr. Abrahim Caroci to Receive Special Olympics 2018 Golisano Health Leadership Award for
New York State
Foundation Director Ann Costello to Present the Award Sat. Dec. 8th at Jacob K. Javitz Center in NYC
Dr. Caroci Is One of Only 109 Globally to be Honored with this Year's Golisano Award
December 7, 2018--NEW YORK CITY, NY –
Special Olympics New York
President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman and
Executive Director Ann Costello announced today that Rochester, NY pediatric dentist and Special Olympics Clinical Director Dr. Abrahim Caroci will receive the 2018
Golisano Health Leadership Award
for New York State — the highest regional honor for Special Olympics health partners.
Costello will present the award
Saturday, December 8th at the Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York City
at the Special Olympics New York Floor Hockey Winter Classic. The presentation will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is a part of the Opening Ceremonies.
Dr. Caroci is
one of only 109 individuals and organizations in the world
to be honored this year with the Golisano Health Leadership Award. He is the second individual to be honored from New York State since the awards were established in 2016. Dr. Steve Sulkes received the Golisano Health Leadership Award in 2016 for New York State and also went on to receive the Golisano Global Health Leadership Award in 2017.
Beginning his work with
Special Olympics Special Smiles
in Arizona, Dr. Caroci went on to be a part of a research delegation in two Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and Los Angeles. Since moving to Rochester in 2013, he has become a Special Olympics Special Smiles Clinical Director, helping to coordinate projects locally and statewide. He is also a board member of the
American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
, which focuses on integrating the medical and dental fields to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“Dr. Caroci is always one of the first to step into a leadership role for our health initiatives, volunteering at several health screenings for Special Olympics New York competitions and participating in USA Games,” said Hengsterman. “He is known throughout our organization as a professional who takes the time to build rapport with our athletes and ensure they get the care they need. We are honored to have a dentist of Dr. Caroci’s stature and experience leading our Special Smiles and Healthy Athletes programs.”
Ann Costello said, “One of our chief missions at the Golisano Foundation is to improve access to inclusive health. W
hen it comes to inclusive dentistry, Dr. Caroci is a pioneer. He is deeply committed to treating and caring for underserved populations."
"From his residencies at A.T. Still in Arizona and
Eastman Institute for Oral Health
in NY, to his ongoing work for Special Olympics Special Smiles and in private practice, he understands the importance of oral health for medically fragile and complex care situations and brings innovative approaches that break through barriers to inclusive health. We are grateful for his dedication and are honored to work with him."
Dr. Steven Perlman, global clinical advisor and founder of Special Olympics Special Smiles, said,
“For healthcare professionals, it is said that ‘the secret in caring for the patient, is caring about the patient.’ Dr. Caroci has not only demonstrated that with his patients, but has embraced his work with Special Olympics with the same integrity, enthusiasm, passion and compassion."
Dr. Caroci said,
"It all started while in dental school. I volunteered at the Special Olympics Special Smiles and never stopped. Special Olympics events allow current and future clinicians to meet athletes on '’their own turf’ as a person first, and not as a patient, and that makes a real impact. Today we work to provide the same experience for the new generation of clinicians. I am certain that such positive experiences will help to forge a strong relationship beyond the academic years and helping to meet our goal of inclusive health. Thank you to Special Olympics New York and the Golisano Foundation for this honor."
Having received the state award, Dr. Caroci is now a candidate for the global recognition from Special Olympics and the Golisano Foundation at the
Special Olympics Summer World Games
in Abu Dhabi in March 2019.
About the Golisano Health Leadership Awards
Golisano Health Leadership Awards
were launched in 2016 to recognize individuals and organizations that are furthering the cause of Special Olympics and improving access to healthcare, fitness and wellness programs for people with intellectual disabilities. The awards are named for philanthropist and Paychex founder, Tom Golisano, who has donated more than $37 million to Special Olympics to expand its work in increasing global access to inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities, who needlessly suffer from health disparities because they are excluded from most health systems.
About Dr. Caroci
Born in Brazil from an Italian father and Brazilian mother, Dr. Carcoi fell in love with pediatric dentistry while working alongside a volunteer dentist during a dental mission in the Amazon. At the time, he was completing a Masters degree working with malaria vectors and mosquitoes in the field of epidemiology and biomedical sciences. He continued his research and worked toward a Ph.D., spending four years as a Research Scholar at the
University of Arizona
University of California, Irvine
. After this time, he decided to finally follow his true passion and changed career paths to pediatric dentistry.
About Golisano Foundation
The Golisano Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to opening doors to opportunity, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes, and forging unprecedented partnerships to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have pathways to personal dignity, independence and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes. The foundation was founded in 1985 by Tom Golisano, entrepreneur, civic leader, philanthropist and the founder and Chairman of
. Mr. Golisano’s philanthropy now exceeds $300 million. In addition to Mr. Golisano’s personal philanthropy, the Golisano Foundation awards about $2 million annually to non-profit organizations serving people with intellectual disabilities in
Western NY and New York's Finger Lakes Region and Southwest Florida
About Special Olympics New York
Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving nearly 68,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with nearly 150 schools statewide to offer unified sports. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. Learn more at