Emeritus Professor Shaul G. Massry recently presented a check to Dean Carmen A. Puliafito of the Keck School to fund medical scholarships.

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) Emeritus Professor Shaul G. Massry, M.D., will be awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award at the second Keck Scholarship Gala on Saturday, March 7, at the Town & Gown ballroom at the USC campus. In addition, two Keck School of Medicine of USC alumni, Antonio T. Alamo, M.D. and J. Mario Molina, M.D. will be honored for their contributions to medicine.

“We are pleased to honor our notable faculty and alumni with this event,” said Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and gala co-host with Henri Ford, vice dean for medical education, Keck School of Medicine of USC. “The event not only honors our faculty and alumni but our generous donors who help fund medical scholarships that allow our school to attract the most promising future physicians and researchers. At the Keck School of Medicine of USC, we launch careers that save lives and advance medicine by developing tomorrow’s health care leaders.”

Massry is the former chair of nephrology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and is president of the Meira and Shaul G. Massry Foundation, which awards the Massry Prize to recognize outstanding contributions to the biomedical sciences and the advancement of health. Twelve of its recipients have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize.

The annual celebration of donors and students also serves as a fund-raiser to support medical scholarships.

“Contributions not only benefit individual students, but giving to scholarships for medical students is an investment in the community,” said Ford. “Many of our graduates stay in academic medicine as faculty and remain in practice in Southern California. There is no greater mission than to create future generations of academic doctors.”

The Alumni Service Award will be presented to Antonio T. Alamo, M.D., a 1991 graduate of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, for 16 years of service as a volunteer physician for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Alamo’s service during a hostage barricade situation in 2006 previously earned him the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Medal of Unit Valor. Alamo runs a private internal medicine practice in Las Vegas, Nev., and is chairman of Nevada’s gaming commission. Alamo has served as chief of staff of two Las Vegas hospitals and founded the Alamo Medical Clinic.

The Distinguished Alumni Merit Award will be given to J. Mario Molina, M.D., who earned his medical degree at USC in 1984. He is president and CEO of the Fortune 500 company Molina Healthcare Inc., which serves more than 6.6 million beneficiaries of Medicaid and Medicare in 17 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Molina previously received the Ernst & Young Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was featured in Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America in 2005.

By Leslie Ridgeway