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Amy Robach

Women's Night Out Featured Speaker Amy Robach

Amy Robach is a correspondent for ABC News where she contributes to all ABC News broadcasts. Since joining ABC News in 2012, Robach’s assignments have sent her across the globe. In addition to working on several 20/20 investigations and Nightline reports, Robach has worked on lighter fare as well, recently interviewing David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Charlie Sheen, to name just a few.

Before joining ABC News, Robach was seen on NBC News from 2003-2012. In 2007, she became the co-host of Saturday TODAY and an NBC News national correspondent. During that time, she also filled in as weekday TODAY co-host, weekday newsreader and as anchor for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Prior to that, Robach was as an anchor for MSNBC from 2003-2007.

During her nine years at NBC, Robach interviewed major political operatives and world leaders, including Barack Obama, Senator John McCain, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Newt Gingrich and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She covered the 2004 and 2008 Presidential elections, traveling to Iowa to interview candidates. She also interviewed Elizabeth Edwards following the scandal with her husband, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter. Robach covered the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and in 2009, she landed the first sit-down interview with Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich as he faced impeachment and criminal charges. In 2010, she got a one-on-one interview with Britain’s Prince Harry in Barbados. Robach has flown in an F-18 fighter jet, broken the sound barrier, landed on and then catapulted off the aircraft carrier the USS George H.W. Bush. She has also traveled the globe, reporting for “Where in the World Is Matt Lauer” with live broadcasts from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Seychelles.

From 1999-2003, Robach worked as a reporter and morning and noon anchor at WTTG in Washington, DC.  She reported live from the Pentagon where she covered the aftermath of 9/11 and the war with Iraq. She also contributed to the Edward R. Murrow Award-winning broadcast covering the serial sniper attacks and was honored in Regardie’s Magazine as one of the Top 100 Powerful Washingtonians.

Robach got her start in broadcasting at WCBD-TV in Charleston, South Carolina as a general assignment reporter where she worked from 1995-1999. During her tenure there, she traveled to Honduras to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch and reported from Iceland to cover the transport of “Keiko“ (aka Free Willy) to his native waters via a Charleston Air Force C-17 cargo plane.  Robach also spent many summers reporting live covering Hurricanes Bertha, Fran and Bonnie as they battered the North Carolina coast.  As a crime reporter, she witnessed the lethal injection of a man who had been sitting on death row for over 20 years, convicted of a triple homicide.

In October 2013, Robach received some life-altering news when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  As part of Good Morning America Goes Pink Day in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at the urging of her colleague, Robin Roberts, she had her first mammogram (broadcast live in front of millions of viewers). Since Robach was 40, the recommended age women should start getting mammograms, producers felt that she would be the perfect person to help raise awareness about the importance of early detection and participate in the first ever live television mammogram. A few weeks later, Robach received the devastating news that she had breast cancer.  She underwent a double mastectomy and is currently undergoing treatment. Robach says the decision to have that on-air mammogram was “the difference between life and death.” She will soon chronicle her journey of what it’s like living with and treating her cancer in a new book. Having covered the tragedies and triumphs of others for nearly 20 years as a journalist, Robach wants to share her story-a road that so many have traveled before and help pave the way for those who unfortunately will follow.  She says, “nothing is the same, everything changes, but the fight to live joyfully has been ignited.”

Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Robach spent her childhood in St. Louis, Missouri and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia just before high school. She attended the University of Georgia, graduating with honors and a degree in broadcast journalism. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and two daughters. She is also the stepmom to three wonderful boys.




2014 Women's Night Out

September 23 @ Albany Marriott


More than 500 women from around the Capital Region attend Ellis Medicine's Women’s Night Out event each year for a night of shopping, networking, and education on healthy life choices. All proceeds from Women’s Night Out support women's health services at Bellevue Woman's Center and the Neil and Jane Breast & Heart Health Center.

2014 Headliner: Good Morning America news anchor, Amy Robach

This year’s keynote speaker will be Amy Robach, of Good Morning America.  In October 2013, Robach, 40, received some life-altering news when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  As part of Good Morning America Goes Pink Day in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at the urging of her colleague, Robin Roberts, she had her first mammogram broadcast live in front of millions of viewers. A few weeks later, Robach received the devastating news that she had breast cancer.  She underwent a double mastectomy and is currently undergoing treatment. Robach wants to share her story - a road that so many have traveled before and help pave the way for those who unfortunately will follow.

Robach has been a correspondent for ABC News since 2012. Her assignments have sent her across the globe and have included working on several 20/20 investigations and Nightline reports. In March 2014, Robach was promoted to news anchor for Good Morning America.

Special Thanks

We are deeply grateful to Neil and Jane Golub for the leadership, vision and generosity they contribute to making Women's Night Out such a meaningful and successful event.

Contact Us

 If you are interested in learning more about Women's Night Out or would like to be a vendor for 2014, please call The Foundation for Ellis Medicine at 518.243.4600. 

Videos from the 2011 Women's Night Out Panel Discussion

Women 2 Women   Women's Night Out Panel Q&A 2011 Women's Night Out With Dirk Inglehart, MD. 2011 Women's Night Out With Howard Schlossberg, MD 2011 Women's Night Out With Usula A. Matalonis, MD 2011

WNO 2013 Panel Discussion

Each year, Women's Night Out features an informative educational session on a health topic important to women. This portion of the evening allows you to hear from leading health and wellness experts and ask questions in an interactive session.

The 2013 panel discussion, “What Women Need: The Experts’ Guide to Living Well”  featured leading medical professionals Andalib Nawab, M.D., Arvind Mahatme, M.D., Danielle Rooney, M.D., and Renata Mazzei, M.D. These doctors discussed and shared information on what all women need to know when it comes to health and well-being, from heart and breast care, to knowing your numbers and the different stages of life. The panel was hosted by Liz Bishop, of CBS6.


2013 Panelists

Andalib Nawab, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Andalib Nawab joined Cardiology Associates of Schenectady in August 2008 and currently serves as medical director of the Women & Heart Disease program at the Neil and Jane Golub Breast & Heart Health Center.

She earned her medical degree from Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan, and completed her internship and residency and a chief resident year at Blodgett Memorial Center (associated with Michigan State University), Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Nawab also completed one year of cardiology internist experience at St. Vincent Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT.

Dr. Nawab is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Geriatrics. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Geriatrics and a member of the Ellis Medicine medical staff.

Arvind Mahatme, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Dr. Arvind Mahatme joined the Ellis Medical Group in 2013 after working two years as clinical director at St. Peter’s Breast Center in Albany, N.Y.  Dr. Mahatme leads Ellis’ Breast Surgery program, offering evaluation and surgical procedures such as lumpectomies, mastectomies and other breast surgeries.

Dr. Mahatme earned his Doctor of Medicine at University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Fla. and his Master’s of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.  He completed residencies from Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Mich. and University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.  He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Mahatme has also worked at Black Hills Health Care System/Fort Meade VA Hospital, Fort Meade, S.D. and at Sentara Medical Group/Sentara Health System, Hampton, Va.

Danielle Rooney, M.D.

Dr. Danielle Rooney, Ob/Gyn physician, provides comprehensive women’s healthcare from regular check-ups to care during pregnancy. She sees adolescent and adult women at Fouad A. Sattar, MD PC in Schenectady.

Dr. Rooney completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Albany Medical Center, Albany, N.Y. in June 2013.  From May 2011 until the completion of her residency, she was the administrative chief resident.  In this role she was responsible for planning the schedules and curriculum between residents and the program director. 

Dr. Rooney earned her Doctor of Medicine from Albany Medical College in 2009.  She is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. 

Renata Mazzei, M.D.

Dr. Renata Mazzei joined Ellis Medicine Primary Care of Glenville in 2003 and currently works at the Medical Center of Clifton Park. Dr. Mazzei serves patients of all ages from newborns to geriatrics, treating different diagnosis like hypertension and diabetes.

Dr. Mazzei earned her Doctorate at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. She completed her residency locally at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady. She is board certified in Family Medicine from the American Board of Family Practice, and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.