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National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Awardees

The NIAF Special Achievement Award in Science and Medicine


Two School of Medicine faculty members  have each received the prestigious Special Achievement Award in Science and Medicine from the The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). The NIAF is a non-profit, nonpartisan educational foundation that promotes Italian American culture and heritage. NIAF serves as a resource for the Italian American community and has educational and youth programs including scholarships, grants, heritage travel, and mentoring.

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Dr. Thomas Scalea

Dr. Scalea joined Shock Trauma in 1997. As physician-in-chief, he is responsible for all clinical care and medical administration. Shock Trauma delivers more trauma care than any other institution in the United States. Under Dr. Scalea’s guidance, Shock Trauma has become a national and international resource for injury care. After the earthquake in Sichuan in 2008, Dr. Scalea took the only non-Chinese team invited by the Chinese government to provide medical care to the earthquake victims. Dr. Scalea also spearheaded Shock Trauma’s efforts after the earthquake in Haiti, and his teams were present there from the end of January to July. Dr. Scalea is also a prolific researcher, contributing to more than 300 scholarly publications, and serves on many editorial boards.  Read more.

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Dr. Robert Gallo

Dr. Robert C. Gallo is director and founder of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV). Dr. Gallo became world famous in 1984 when he co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS. Since then, Dr. Gallo has spent much of his career trying to put an end to this raging epidemic and other viral, chronic illnesses. Dr. Gallo and his team pioneered the development of the HIV blood test, which enabled health care workers for the first time to screen for the AIDS virus - leading to a more rapid diagnosis while simultaneously protecting patients receiving blood transfusions.

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