Dr Nilesh Soni was the distinguished honoree at Hofstra University


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Long Island, NY

The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University selected Dr Nilesh Soni as one of the distinguished honorees at their annual event which was hosted at Crest Hollow Country Club on November 28, 2023. Dr Nilesh Soni joins the list of well-known honorees including Mr Thomas Falcone, CEO, Long Island Power Authority as well as Ms Joye Brown, a senior columnist and editor at Newsday. This event was attended by 500 New Yorkers, who came from all different diverse backgrounds.

Tied to a major suburban diversity conference, and dedicated to funding scholarships and study, this celebration brought together Long Islanders along the length of the multi-cultural spectrum. A portion of the funds raised will support diversity-related scholarships, research and conferences at Hofstra’s renowned National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.

The peaceful coexistence of people of different religions and backgrounds is the key to eventual world peace. Diversity contributes more to society than just a worldlier neighborhood; it promotes tolerance of differences and prevents racism and prejudice, from which only violence can grow. The ability of people from different races, religions and regions to live and work together is crucial to our prosperity. 

Diversity has been an important part of Dr Nilesh Soni’s approach.  Having cared for more than 50,000 patients spanning 20 countries and maintaining staff hailing from 10 plus nations, is a resounding statement of Dr Soni’s daily commitment to embracing racial, ethnic and religious diversity. Dr Soni advises and volunteers at numerous area organizations. He has mentored 400 physical therapists and delivered more than 1,000 community seminars empowering New Yorkers from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. 

“Standing humbly before my family, friends and the entire community, I am truly honored to accept this award as one of the compassionate caregivers for our beloved Long Island.

I grew up in India, and from the very childhood, I learnt the virtues of respecting all, treating others with dignity and helping to make the world a better place! When I specialized in physical therapy, I knew that I could combine my love for healing others with what I learnt at home to make a difference in this diverse world,” said Dr Soni in his speech at the celebration gala.

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