Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Launches MSK Direct Program

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

For more than 15 years, Steve H. Kanzer has served as chairman and CEO of Accredited Ventures Inc., a New York City-based investment firm focused on life sciences. He was also the principal executive of Adeona Pharmaceuticals based out of Ann Harbor, MI. Alongside his work in investment banking, Steve Kanzer supports several academic and non-profit organizations, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).

In a recently released statement, MSK announced the launch of its new program MSK Direct, which will help more patients access high-quality health care following a cancer diagnosis. Through the program, MSK is collaborating with its employer partners to make it easier for their employees to get initial or follow-up care at the institution.

Employees whose companies participate in the free program have access to a team of experienced nurses, social workers, and care providers who will help them gather medical records, schedule doctor’s appointments, and coordinate other services related to their ongoing care. The team of professionals will work with the employees and their families throughout their experience at MSK to help ensure that they receive the support and medical services they need to regain their health.

Still in the early stages, MSK Direct is currently available through six of MSK’s employer partners, including CBS and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. To learn more about the program, visit


Tennis Tiebreak Debuts at US Open


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US Open

As chairman and chief executive officer of joint venture capital group Accredited Ventures, Inc., Steve Kanzer has established and served in various leadership capacities at dozens of companies. Away from his work in investment banking, Steve Kanzer enjoys staying active through tennis.

In 1970 the US Open became the first major tennis tournament to make use of tiebreak scoring. Prior to the event, all sets of professional men’s and women’s tennis were played under advantage scoring, meaning players had to secure six games with a two-game margin. Following these rules, a set could range from a scoreline of 6-0 to 12-10 or higher. With the introduction of the tiebreak, players knotted at six games all would enter into a sudden-death situation that awarded the set to the first player to win seven points, assuming a two-point margin has been achieved.

A number of tiebreaks were played at the 1970 US Open, none more memorable than a third-set breaker during the men’s final between Tony Roche and Ken Rosewall. With the match tied at one set apiece, Roche and Rosewall contested the first ever tiebreak in a major final. Rosewall won the tiebreak and went on to win the next set 6-3, claiming his second US Open title and first in 14 years. Five years later the US Open approved tiebreak scoring in all sets, including decisive sets, for both men and women.