Nearly 40 years ago, Leonard and Susan Feinstein’s son suffered a major brain injury from an auto accident.
At the time, no long-term healthcare solutions existed to handle his needs. The Feinsteins realized only research would create the treatments and cures needed to improve his life and those of others like him. This deeply personal revelation sparked a lifelong commitment to giving.
Their early support helped establish the Susan and Leonard Feinstein Center for Neurosciences, creating a program dedicated to neuroscience research that had never been done at Northwell Health. Today, the Bed Bath & Beyond co-founder and his wife continue the tradition of research-focused philanthropy.
In 2005, Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research was rededicated in their name following their $25 million commitment. Just over 10 years later, Susan and Leonard announced a second $25 million gift to advance the Feinstein Institute’s work in clinical trials, neuroscience, autoimmunity and bioelectronic medicine. The Feinstein Institute is the worldwide leader in the new field of bioelectronic medicine, which uses devices to treat disease and injury, and could revolutionize the way medicine is practiced.
As a member of the Feinstein Institute Board of Directors, Leonard is eager to see this new field of medicine grow in hopes we will discover cures for some of the most confounding human diseases in the next five or 10 years.
Dr. Kevin Tracey, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute, believes Leonard and Susan’s unwavering support of research has been the catalyst for much of the Feinstein Institute’s success over the years.
The couple hope their investments inspire other people, companies and government to support this research as well so that we can create healthier lives faster than anyone could have possibly imagined.