For Immediate Release         Monday, May 18, 2010  

Dr. Richard Baker to receive NMF Distinguished Alumni Award

The National Medical Fellowships (NMF) has selected Dr. Richard Baker, Dean of the College of Medicine as this year’s recipient of their Distinguished Alumni Award.  The award will be presented at the NMF’s Champions of Health Awards on June 16, 2010 at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios. 

Dr. Baker was selected for his outstanding service at the university in maintaining focus on the healthcare needs of underserved communities. 

Champions are distinguished by their public service commitment, belief in the importance of achieving equity of opportunity in medicine and equity of access to quality healthcare for all by increasing the number of minority physicians -- in other words, champions of NMF’s mission. Other honorees are Althea Alexander, Assistant Dean of Minority  Student Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine of USC (Academic Champion of Health); Castulo de la Rocha, President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation (Community Access Award) and Aliza Lifshitz, MD, Editor in Chief,, and expert health commentator, UniVision Networks (Community Service Award).

Since 1946, NMF has provided more than $40 million to 29,000 minority medical students and presented academic medicine fellowships to more than 500 gifted minority students pursuing research in biomedicine, community medicine, pediatric nutrition, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS.  

Congratulations Dr. Baker!

For more information on the National Medical Fellowships’ Champions of Health Awards click here




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