2014 Alumni Day set for Sept. 13
Alumni Day 2014 will be held Sept.13 on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis. The day long celebration will honor members of the classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.
A luncheon, reception, dinner and awards ceremony are planned.
Organizers are already reviewing nominations for the annual awards that are announced at the event, including the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award, the Transformational Leadership Award and the Humanitarian Award.
At the 2013 event, the School of Medicine honored three outstanding alumni last year for their individual contributions to medicine and for their community service as part of last year’s festivities.
William Newsom received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his contributions to society and outstanding achievements in medicine. Newsom, who graduated with the first UC Davis School of Medicine class in 1972 (as did his wife, Christine Mueller Newsom), is considered by many people to have nearly single-handedly transformed cancer care in an underserved area of the Sierra foothills. After moving to Nevada City with his family in 1981, Newsom realized that his patients were struggling to find advanced cancer-treatment services that were well coordinated and accessible. It prompted him to embark on a 10-year journey that paved the way for a new cancer center at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital that opened in 1995.
Invitations to Alumni Day will be mailed out in August. Alumni seeking more information may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Alumni Office at 916-734-9410.
Jon Kim Andrus received the school’s Transformational Leadership Award, which recognizes professional achievements and contributions that have enhanced the medical profession, improved the public welfare, provided for personal distinction and brought honor to UC Davis. Andrus, who serves as deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization, is an internationally recognized public health expert and advocate for equitable access to vaccines. He received his medical degree from UC Davis in 1979 and developed an early interest in global health as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa, where he served as the only physician in a district of 210,000 people. As a medical epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Andrus was a member of a specialized team that reduced measles mortality by 60 percent during a five-year period as a resultof vaccinating 200 million children.
Louis Vismara received UC Davis’ Humanitarian Award for his outstanding community contributions through distinguished public service. Vismara spent 20 years as cardiologist before becoming a health-policy consultant with the California State Senate. He completed an internal medicine residency at UC Davis in 1971, but gave up clinical practice after his son was diagnosed with autism. He then shifted his attention to child development and the resolution of health-care disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities. Vismara was a driving force behind the group of Sacramento-area fathers with sons affected by autism who raised millions of dollars to create the renowned UC Davis MIND Institute.