Bethesda North's annual fundraiser to feature renowned scientist Hugh Herr

Since 2012, more than $2 million has been raised to support Bethesda North Hospital through its annual LYCEUM fundraising event.

Proceeds from this year’s April 12 event will benefit the development of The Robotic Center of Excellence at Bethesda North, while also helping fund the latest da Vinci Xi platform, which TriHealth uses to perform complex robotic surgeries.

This year’s keynote speaker is Hugh Herr, founder and director of the Herr Institute for Human Rehabilitation, and director of the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology.

Following a near-death climbing experience that left him with two below-the-knee amputations, Herr accomplished the unthinkable: He designed his own prostheses that would allow him to climb again.

“Hugh Herr is an extremely inspirational and driven individual who turned a tragic, difficult situation into a chance to innovate and help humanity in the process,” says Andy Swallow, Bethesda Foundation president and CEO. “We are very fortunate to host him for this year’s LYCEUM.”

Herr’s research is focused on the advancement of technology that merges body and machine — a subject matter sure to be of interest to those attending this year’s LYCEUM, as Bethesda North ranks first in the city, state and region in the number of robotic-assisted surgery. It's third in the Midwest and in the top one percent nationwide.

“This fundraiser will continue to allow Bethesda North to be the area leader in robotic-assisted surgery and deliver top-notch care to Tristate patients,” Swallow says.


- Support the Bethesda Foundation by purchasing your tickets for this year’s LYCEUM. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with Herr’s keynote address beginning at 7 p.m.

- Become a sponsor for this year’s LYCEUM.

- Learn more about TriHealth’s robotic-assisted surgeries.

Read more articles by Brittany York.

Brittany York is a freelance writer, adjunct English composition instructor and server at Orchids at Palm Court. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.
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