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Dr. Thomas Scalea Awarded the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Science and Medicine

Saturday, October 23, 2010

 Dr. Scalea with Charles Gueli, the Baltimore-area coordinator for NIAF, at a dinner in the doctor's honor at Camden Yards last month.

Dr. Thomas M. Scalea, the Francis X. Kelly Professor of Trauma Surgery and director of the Program in Trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, was honored at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) 35th Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on October 23, 2010. Dr. Scalea received the prestigious NIAF Special Achievement Award in Science and Medicine at a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony hosted by Giuliana DePandi Rancic, anchor and managing editor of E! News and star of the Style Network show Giuliana & Bill.

Also at the ceremony, Danny DeVito, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor (Taxi, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), presented honoree Aurelio De Laurentiis, Italian film producer and president of SSC Napoli soccer club, with the NIAF United States-Italy Friendship Award. (DeVito had been the recipient of the Foundation’s 1993 Special Achievement Award in Arts and Entertainment.) Other honorees joining Dr. Scalea included Dott. Fulvio Conti, CEO of ENEL S.p.A., Italy's largest power company; Tom Izzo, head coach of men’s basketball at Michigan State University; Christopher J. Nassetta, president & CEO of Hilton Worldwide; and Joe Uva, president and CEO of Univision Communications, Inc.

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.

Dr. Scalea earned a bachelors of arts the University of Virginia and a doctor of medicine from the Medical College of Virginia. He fulfilled his residency in Syracuse and completed a trauma and critical care fellowship at the New York Medical College before becoming Director of Critical Care and Trauma at the King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he founded the Department of Emergency Medicine at King’s County Hospital and SUNY Brooklyn.

The NIAF gala is one of the premier annual events in the nation’s capital, attracting more than 3,000 guests from the United States and Italy. Those attending this year included Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi; baseball greats Yogi Berra, Tommy Lasorda and Mike Piazza; Jim Messina, White House Deputy Chief of Staff; and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Americans of Italian descent.

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 Peter Angelos nominated Dr. Scalea for this award and presented it to him at the ceremony.

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