Meet the honorees of our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Awards

The National Liberty Museum is proud to present the recipients of our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Awards. Read the stories and watch the videos below to learn why they were honored.


Healthcare Hero in the Field of Cancer
Dr. Karen E. Knudsen, MBA PhD
Vice President of Oncology Services, Jefferson Health; and Enterprise Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

  1. Learn About Dr. Knudsen

    Karen is the Executive Vice President of Oncology Services, Jefferson Health; and Enterprise Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, one of only 71 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated centers of excellence in the nation out of more than 3,400 cancer centers nationwide. Dr. Knudsen oversees cancer care and cancer research at all Kimmel Cancer Center-Jefferson Health sites within the Greater Philadelphia region, and reports directly to Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health. Under Dr. Knudsen’s leadership, Kimmel Cancer Center recently was ranked one of the top cancer centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

    Dr. Knudsen was appointed Enterprise Director in January 2015 after having served as the Deputy Director and the founding member of the Kimmel Cancer Center Prostate Cancer program. Prior to taking on the directorship, Dr. Knudsen also served as the Vice Provost of Thomas Jefferson University, overseeing basic and clinical research at the six schools within the University at that time.


Healthcare Hero in the Field of Crohn’s Disease
Dr. Kevin Mollen
University of Pittsburg Medical Center Children’s Hospital

  1. Learn About Dr. Mollen

    Dr. Kevin Mollen was just 15 years old when he was diagnosed with an incurable disease. Unbeknownst to him at the time, that diagnosis would lead him into a career as a pediatric surgeon at UPMC Children’s Hospital and research aimed at finding a cure.

    After dealing with severe abdominal pain for about a year, it was seeing blood in his stool that led Dr. Mollen and his parents to see a gastroenterologist, where he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

    Now the surgical director of the inflammatory bowel program at UPMC Children’s hospital, Dr. Mollen says that it’s “gratifying” to be able to help children through this often difficult and scary period of their lives. About one-third of all patients with IBD will have to undergo some type of surgery in relation to their disease.


Community Hero Award
Dr. Maurizio Cereda
University of Pennsylvania

  1. Learn About Dr. Cereda

    Maurizio Cereda, MD is an intensive care physician and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is director of the Anesthesia-Critical Care fellowship and co-director of the Surgical ICU. He studied medicine at the University of Milan, where he also trained and worked as a faculty member. After a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, he completed clinical training at UNC Chapel hill and at Penn. His NIH-funded research is directed at the pathophysiology of acute respiratory distress syndrome, using imaging to understand the mechanisms underlying the progression of lung injury and to aid the development of individualized strategies of disease control.


Healthcare Hero of Israel
Eli Beer
Founder and President, United Hatzalah

  1. Learn About Eli Beer

    United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service organization that provides the fastest and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. United Hatzalah’s service is available to all people regardless of race, religion, or national origin. United Hatzalah has more than 6,000 volunteers around the country, available around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With the help of their unique GPS technology and iconic ambucycles, their average response time is less than 3 minutes across the country and 90 seconds in metropolitan areas.

    When creating United Hatzalah, Eli’s mission was to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies as soon as possible and provide the patient with professional and appropriate medical aid until an ambulance arrives, resulting in many more lives saved.



Strength & Fragility Exhibition Now Open

Our newest exhibition, Strength & Fragility: The Story of the NLM, highlights the life of the Museum’s founder Irvin J. Borowsky, and how his belief in universal equality and liberty, as well as his passion for contemporary glass art, led to the creation of the National Liberty Museum. Strength & Fragility includes engaging archival material, stunning glass artwork, and immersive soundscapes. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a magnificent 9-foot-high glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled “The Peace Portal.” It features a custom sound bath experience, Seeds of Love, written and produced by Philadelphia-based sound artist Luna Maye, in collaboration with composer Alfiya Glow.

You'll find complete information on here.

Exhibition focusing on freedom now in its final weeks

Philly's Freedom is an exhibition that explores what freedom means through a diverse collection of art from more than 50 Philadelphia artists. Don't miss the opportunity to embark on this inspiring journey to see freedom and liberty in a totally new way.

The exhibition closes on April 25.
Learn more and purchase your time tickets now.

Programs for Kids & Families

The NLM offers a full calendar of live and pre-recorded virtual programs for kids and their families. We invite you to join us as we explore the themes of respect, taking action and spreading liberty to all.

Upcoming Events Include:
Act Small, Think Big, a weekend featuring both a live and prerecorded program, Saturday & Sunday, April 24 and April 25

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to learn more.


The Museum offers a wide variety of engaging digital experiences. Our Virtual NLM@Night series includes fun and informative entertainment on the subject of liberty specifically for adults.

Upcoming Events Include:
Members-Only Event: Heroes Among Us Exhibition Virtual Opening, April 9, 5pm
Cocktails with a Cause: Sustainability at Home, April 22, 2021, 5PM
How to Find Peace in Liberty: An Interactive Virtual Tour, Apr 27, 2021, 5PM

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Learn about NLM's Virtual Field Trip Programs

Looking for fun and educational virtual experiences for your students this school year? Let the National Liberty Museum’s educators bring liberty to life through tours, group discussions, games, crafts, and more that tell the amazing stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in the name of freedom and equality.

You'll find complete information here.

Support the Next Generation of Heroes

Each school year, we send NLM educators directly into Philadelphia’s most underserved schools to teach students critical leadership skills, such as courage, integrity, responsibility, respect, and most important, empathy. We show them that they have the power through their First Amendment Rights to use these skills to make positive changes in their school and community.

Help us continue to bring this program to as many students as possible.
Click here to donate now.

NLM Honors Outstanding Educators in the Delaware Valley and Beyond

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 14th annual Teacher as Hero Award sponsored by State Farm® with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 24. The ceremony honored 10 inspiring teachers who make a difference in the lives of their students. To mark the occasion, State Farm Representatives, National Liberty Museum leadership, friends and family gathered via Zoom to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators.

Learn their stories here.

Police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders are honored

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 15th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, via a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The event included several notable keynote speakers and was attended by the honorees, their families and colleagues,

Learn more here about their impressive and inspirational stories.

NLM Honors Medical Professionals

The National Liberty Museum is proud to host its annual Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. This international awards program recognizes inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefited their patients, their field, and the global community.

The 2020 Awards Ceremony was held virtually on December 3.
Click here to learn about the honorees.

NLM honors 14 inspiring students from across the country

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 20th annual TD Bank Young Heroes Awards with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 12. The ceremony honored 14 inspiring students, ages 18 and younger, who identified an area where liberty was lacking and took action to make positive change in their local schools or communities.

Learn about these amazing young people here.