Saint Louis University School of Medicine recently honored three alums -- one of America's most recognized pediatricians, its former dean and an internist who volunteers at a clinic -- at its October reunion.
Alumni Merit Award
|From left, Philip Alderson, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine; William Sears, M.D., ('66), recipient of the 2011 School of Medicine Alumni Merit Award; and Edward J. O'Brien, Jr., M.D., ('67), president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association.|
Williams Sears, M.D., was honored with the 2011 School of Medicine Alumni Merit Award, which recognizes graduates who embody the Jesuit mission of leadership and service to others in their lives.
"Dr. Sears exemplifies the Jesuit ideal of men and women for others," Philip Alderson, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, told the 225 alumni and guests who attended the reunion dinner. "He has dedicated his life to the care of children."
Sears graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1966 with his medical degree, after completing his undergraduate studies at SLU in 1962. He went on to receive his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.
In Canada, Sears eventually became associate ward chief of the newborn nursery and associate professor of pediatrics.
A pediatrician for over 35 years, Sears continues to practice pediatrics with his three sons in San Clemente, Calif., where he also resides. He continues to teach at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics. Following the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, Sears was a medical volunteer as part of a disaster relief team, caring for injured and sick children.
Sears is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and of the Royal College of Pediatricians. He is also a member of the Blue Ribbon Advisory Board for PepsiCo, whose mission is to deliver high-level, independent insight about major health and wellness policies.
Throughout his career, Sears has authored more than 40 books and scientific articles on childcare. He is also a medical and parenting consultant to Baby Talk and Parenting magazines. In addition to all his accomplishments, Sears has also been a guest on more than 100 television shows including 20/20, Donahue, Good Morning America, Oprah Winfrey, CBS This Morning, CNN, Today Show and Dateline.
|From left, Philip Alderson, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine; Patricia Monteleone, M.D., ('61), recipient of the 2011 School of Medicine Pioneer Award; and Edward J. O'Brien, Jr., M.D., ('67), president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association.|
Patricia Monteleone, M.D., was awarded the 2011 School of Medicine Pioneer Award.
"Dr. Patricia Monteleone is a trailblazer and role model for professional women, achieving unprecedented success as one of the first women to lead a U.S. medical school when she was appointed dean of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1994," Alderson said.
Monteleone came to SLU as an undergrad in 1953 and remained a part of the University in many different capacities. She earned her medical degree in 1961, and later her master's degree in both health and business administration in 1991.
As one of only five women deans of 125 medical schools in the United States, Monteleone served as dean for 14 years.
"This award recognizes graduates who have made outstanding contributions or a significant impact to their profession or community," Alderson said. "This prestigious award is bestowed upon a graduate who has set a new path for others to follow."
In 2008 upon her retirement, Monteleone Hall was dedicated in her honor and now houses the department of neurology and psychiatry, along with academic offices, patient treatment and clinical research.
Alumni Association Community Service Award
|From left, Philip Alderson, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine; William Fogerty, Jr., M.D., ('60), recipient of the 2011 School of Medicine Alumni Association Community Service Award; and Edward J. O'Brien, Jr., M.D., ('67), president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association.|
Also honored at the medical reunion was William Fogarty, Jr., M.D. with the 2011 School of Medicine Alumni Association Community Service Award.
"On any given Friday afternoon, one can find retired internal medicine practitioner, Dr. William Fogarty offering his services to the community as a volunteer physician at Casa de Salud," Alderson said.
Casa de Salud is a health and wellness center, which provides basic health and wellness services for uninsured and underinsured new immigrants in St. Louis.
A 1960 School of Medicine graduate, Fogarty practiced internal medicine and endocrinology for 30 years. After retiring from Southwest Medical Center in St. Louis, he continued to volunteer for seven years at La Clinica, a health clinic in South St. Louis that served the Hispanic community. When the clinic closed, Fogarty became active in the advisory committee interested in establishing another type of clinic in the area. Now Fogarty is among the team of physicians at Casa de Salud, who provide medical care and often assist patients in receiving care from larger health care facilities.