The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation is unique in many ways, but one of the most unusual is that all money donated is used in the fight against cancer. All administrative and ancillary costs are underwritten by the Monti-Saladino family, carrying on the vision of the Foundation’s late founders, Tita and Joseph Monti, who established this generous precedent. One hundred percent of every dollar you donate goes to support our programs and not to staff salaries or fundraising.
The Foundation sponsors basic cancer research, and has also funded various benchmarking research and past clinical trials conducted by a number of staff professionals.
Patient care encompasses both ambulatory and hospital-based treatment. Twenty-three full-time oncologists, assisted by oncology nurses and other cancer-trained professionals, care for the largest patient practice in the region. Because one of our goals is to ease the journey of our patients and their families, the Foundation frequently initiates new programs, such as the recently established Complimentary Alternative Therapies Program at North Shore University Hospital. Begun in July 2012, this program utilizes Music Therapy, guided imagery and other relaxation therapies.
Education in the Monti program encompasses sharing knowledge with physicians, other medical professionals and the public through seminars, lectures and other programs. The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation has funded a Master’s Program in Genetic Counseling at LIU. This rigorous 2-year program is multi-disciplinary in its approach, with courses in molecular genetics, clinical genetics and counseling. Students also participate in clinical rotations at numerous hospitals, including roations in oncology, pediatrics, maternal fetal medicine and other areas. Students in the program typically have an undergraduate degree in the biological sciences with an average GPA of 3.5, and GRE scores in the 70th percentile or above.