Awards & Recognition


  • The FIRST cardiac catheterization laboratory in NY State opened here in 1952.
  • FIRST in the nation community mental health center for outpatient psychiatric care, established in 1967 by Act of Congress.
  • Invention and FIRST use of an intra-aortic balloon pump took place at Maimonides in 1967.
  • FIRST successful human heart transplant in the U.S. took place here later in 1967.
  • The NIH-sponsored trial of the FIRST betablocker medication, proving the efficacy of a new class of drugs, was led by Maimonides in 1977.
  • The nation’s FIRST fine-needle aspiration biopsy performed here in 1981, eliminating need for anesthesia and hospitalization.
  • That same year, Maimonides opened the nation’s FIRST “Day Hospital” for outpatient chemotherapy.
  • In 1991, NY State’s FIRST atherectomy to clear a blocked coronary artery took place here.
  • FIRST in the U.S. cardiac catheterization to treat cardiogenic shock and stabilize the patient—now a standard of care—took place here in 1992.
  • Groundbreaking tools for cardiac catheterization were invented and FIRST used at Maimonides in 1992 and 1997.
  • FIRST emergency department in New York City to be fully HAZMAT capable and operational in 1997.
  • New York City’s FIRST and still Brooklyn’s only hybrid operating rooms for multi-disciplinary surgery, offering the most advanced imaging technology with virtual reality software.