Drs. Richard L. Gamelli and Paul Farmer honored at annual awards dinner

News Archive November 21, 2013

Drs. Richard L. Gamelli and Paul Farmer honored at annual awards dinner

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine held its 63rd Stritch Annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 16, 2013, at the Field Museum in Chicago. Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, received the Stritch Medal, the school’s highest honor, and the Sword of Loyola was bestowed upon Paul Farmer, MD, PhD. Both men were lauded for their leadership in the medical community, excellence in providing compassionate medical care, and dedication to bettering our world through medicine.

Nearly 900 people supported this year’s Stritch Annual Awards Dinner. Since its inception in 1950, the event has helped raise millions of dollars to help Stritch students realize their dreams of serving and bringing medical care to those in need.

Gamelli was awarded the Stritch Medal in recognition of his cutting-edge research, superb surgical skills, rigorous training of the medical leaders of tomorrow, and bringing hope and healing to people around the world.
“The honor of receiving the Stritch Medal is one that I share with my family. This is foremost a tribute to them,” said Gamelli in response to the award. “I have been privileged to be a part of the incredible changes that have come about at Loyola’s Health Sciences Division these past two years. The impact of our work goes well beyond those we educate and train. It will directly carry over to patients and their families.”

The Sword of Loyola, Loyola’s most prestigious recognition, was bestowed on Farmer for his accomplishments as an advocate of those who are sick and living in poverty as well as his inspirational commitment to health as a human right for all.

The night also honored 25 members of the Stritch Junior Service League who took part in numerous service activities over the summer. These included volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Greater Chicago Food Depository, St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen, and British Home. They performed a variety of services, giving up their free time and energy to help others.

Also, Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, dean and chief diversity officer at Stritch, presented an update on exciting changes on Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, including construction of the new Loyola University Chicago Center for Translational Research and Education.

View photos from the event.

View the video tribute to Gamelli

View the video tribute to Farmer.

View the update on the CTRE.

The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow's leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola's health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit LUC.edu/hsd.
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