OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Dr. Jerry Balentine is renowned at NYIT for his contributions in the medical field, but he also has been an ardent supporter of NYIT Athletics.
On Monday, he will be recognized for that friendship by being presented with the "Big Bear Award" at the annual NYIT Athletics Golf Outing and Hall of Fame Enshrinement Dinner at the Woodside Country Club in Muttontown.
"Dr. Balentine has been an athlete all of his life, and has a deep understanding of the challenges student-athletes face when balancing their academic pursuits their athletic ones," NYIT director of athletics and recreation Dan Vélez said. "From the moment I met Dr. Balentine, I realized he is someone who wants not just the student-athletes to succeed, but every student. I can't express enough gratitude for his support of NYIT's student-athletes over the years. He has continuously stepped up to the plate when it comes to providing the best medical care of our student-athletes. His support has allowed us to have coverage by our team physicians at more than 95 percent of our home contests — regardless of time or day. He has also supported initiatives for a walk-in clinic of sorts in our sports medicine center, which allows our student-athletes to see team doctors at times that do not interfere with their academic or athletic responsibilities.
"Additionally, Dr. Balentine has provided the student-athletes with access to two full-time physical therapists who work out of our sports medicine center. I am strong believer in bigger, faster, stronger and most importantly healthier student-athletes who are able to not just return to competition sooner, but also are able to remain on the field due to do preventive care and extremely personalized care. Because of Dr. Balentine's continuous support, we are able to accomplish this.
"Lastly, Dr. Balentine has been at the forefront of research and care of our eSports team, the CyBears, once again showing he believes that proper care and research are critical to the success of our students."
An expert in emergency medicine, Balentine served as chief medical officer and executive vice president of St. Barnabas Hospital and Healthcare System in the Bronx prior to becoming NYIT's vice president for medical affairs and global health in 2014.
He held numerous other positions throughout his career, including as a hospital medical director, emergency department director and residency director.
Balentine has been a faculty member at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2009, and recently served as acting chair of the emergency medicine division within the Department of Medicine.
A graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his emergency medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he also served as chief resident. He earned his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.
Balentine has authored and edited many web and textbook chapters and is medical editor of newyorkmedicaljournal.org. He is also a medical author for the WebMD network, which includes MedicineNet, eMedicineHealth, RxList and WebMD.
His current areas of research focus on non-academic interventions with medicals students in order to help them increase empathy and decrease burnout, eSports, and the role medical providers play in preventing chronic and acute injuries.