Drs. Richard L. Gamelli and Paul Farmer to be honored Nov. 16 at scholarship gala

News Archive November 01, 2013

Drs. Richard L. Gamelli and Paul Farmer to be honored Nov. 16 at scholarship gala

In recognition of leadership and dedication to changing lives for the better, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine will honor two outstanding physicians at its 63rd Stritch Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Field Museum in Chicago.

“Stritch School of Medicine’s mission is to train tomorrow’s physicians to bring positive change to their patients’ lives, communities, and our world. Those we honor embody excellence, commitment, determination, and compassion -- attributes that we strive to instill in all our students,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, FACS, FACOG, the school’s dean and chief diversity officer.

This year, Stritch will present its highest honor, the Stritch Medal, to Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS. Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, will receive the Sword of Loyola.

Also, 25 young adults from the Chicago area will be recognized for their participation in the Stritch Junior Service League, a volunteer organization that continues Loyola’s tradition of commitment to the community.

Stritch Medal Recipient Richard L. Gamelli
Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, a world-renowned leader in the care and treatment of burn injury, is being awarded the 2013 Stritch Medal in recognition of his innovative research, outstanding patient-centered care, and inspiring contributions to medical education.

“Dr. Gamelli has dedicated so much of who he is to the field of medicine. Through his cutting-edge research, excellent surgical skills, and rigorous training of our medical leaders of tomorrow, he brings new knowledge, hope, and healing to people across the globe,” said Brubaker. “This award is one way that we at Stritch can say thanks for all he has done.”

Dr. Gamelli is senior vice president and provost of Health Sciences at Loyola University Chicago. He also is the Robert J. Freeark Professor of Surgery and director of the Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute at the Stritch School of Medicine.

As chief of the Burn Center at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), he has helped to make it internationally acclaimed. The Burn Center was the first in Illinois to be awarded verification by the American College of Surgeons (ASC) and the American Burn Association (ABA). It provides comprehensive care for more than 700 patients annually with a team-based approach to recovery and follow-up care.

Also under Dr. Gamelli’s leadership, the LUMC Trauma Center has achieved exclusive Level 1 status, as designated by the State of Illinois, for providing the highest level of care. Additionally, LUMC is verified as a Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center by the ASC and ABA.

Dr. Gamelli’s vision for interdisciplinary, interprofessional health sciences education and research led to the development of the University’s Center for Simulation Education (CSE). The CSE provides a complete environment where medical, nursing, and allied health sciences students can master the skills necessary for effective patient care.
Sword of Loyola Recipient Paul Farmer
The Sword of Loyola recognizes notable achievements of outstanding leaders. This year’s recipient is Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, who is celebrated for his humanitarian efforts to bring first-world health care to people in third-world countries.

“Since 1964, the Sword of Loyola has recognized individuals whose service to humanity inspires us all to create a more just world. There are very few individuals who are a better example of a person-for-others than Paul Farmer,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president and CEO of Loyola University Chicago.

Physician and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer has dedicated his life’s work to improving health care and bringing modern medicine to the world’s poorest people. Farmer and his colleagues in the United States, Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.

Dr. Farmer holds an MD and PhD from Harvard University where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and co-founder of the internationally recognized non-profit organization Partners In Health. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Farmer served as the United Nations deputy special envoy for Haiti, under Special Envoy Bill Clinton. In December 2012, he was named the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Community Based Medicine and Lessons From Haiti.
Dr. Farmer has written extensively about health and human rights, and about the role of social inequalities in the distribution and outcome of infectious diseases. He is the author of books including Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor; Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues; The Uses of Haiti; Haiti After the Earthquake; To Repair the World; and the recently released In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez.

“Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving the lives of others, many who think they have no hope. So many of our students are drawn to our school because, like Dr. Farmer, we have a passion for social justice,” said Amy Blair, MD, medical director of the Stritch School of Medicine’s Center for Community and Global Health. “I hope our students will be inspired to follow Dr. Farmer’s example of being a physician advocate for those who may otherwise be forgotten, and that his life’s work will stay with them as an example of professional life that centers on social justice.”

Millions Raised for Medical Education
As Chicago’s longest-running black-tie gala, the Stritch School of Medicine Annual Awards Dinner has raised millions of dollars for medical education scholarships since 1950. And during the Access to Excellence: The Campaign for Scholarships, gifts of $500 or more to qualified endowed scholarship funds are being matched by the University. Individual tickets are $600; tables of 10 can be sponsored for $6,000 or $12,000. Tickets are a tax-deductible charitable donation to the extent allowed by law.

For more information about the event, contact StritchAlumni@luc.edu or 708.216.6576.
Media inquiries may be directed to Evie Polsley at epolsley@lumc.edu or 708.417.5100.



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