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Stephen M. Wirth ‘70: Ruth S. Harley Service Award Recipient

Administrative Director of Out-Patient Rehab Services and Sports Medicine
NYU Winthrop Hospital

Stephen founded New York Sports & Physical Therapy Institute in 1998 and continues to be the Director. He graduated from Adelphi University in 1970 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education and Health Science. He worked as a Physical Education Teacher prior to returning to school to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Stephen graduated in 1973 from NYU with a Masters in Physical Therapy. Stephen started his career at Nassau County Medical Center; however he had a strong passion for Sports Medicine and decided to join a private practice. For the past 30 plus years, Stephen has specialized in sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation and has had the opportunity to work with many professional organizations. He was the Physical Therapist for the New York Islanders from 1979-1996, acted as a consultant for the New York Mets, and had the pleasure to train professional boxers, including Alex Stewart, David Sears and Jerry Cooney. 

Wirth was a member of the men’s soccer team during his time at Adelphi. He went on to specialize in sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation and founded the Long Island Sports and Rehabilitation Center in addition to serving as a physical therapist and strength consultant for many professional and collegiate athletes in various sports. Wirth remained active in Adelphi athletics by serving as the president of the Panther Club for nearly 15 years, and co-chair of the University’s annual Golf Classic for over 20 years.