UMB Faculty Receives University System’s Highest Honor

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The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Trustees has honored three faculty members from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) as recipients of the 2022 USM Regents Faculty Awards.

USM Regents Faculty Award winners (lr): Gregory Carey, David Marcozzi and Joseph Scalea

The awards are the highest honor given by the council to exemplary faculty members. The awards honor excellence in the following categories: teaching; Mentoring; Public Service; Research, scholarship or creative activity; and Innovation.

Faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have represented UMB by winning awards for mentorship, public service, and innovation.

“The recognition of these faculty members by the university system is well deserved,” said UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS. “I deeply appreciate the vision, creativity and commitment they bring to UMB and to improving the lives of others.”

The winners are:

EXCELLENCE IN MENTORING

Gregory B. Carey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Assistant Dean of Student Research and Education, and Executive Director of Student Research and Community Outreach, UMSOM, was recognized for the growing involvement of underrepresented youth in Baltimore, undergraduate and graduate students in science and medicine. With funding obtained from the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State and the National Institutes of Health, Carey administers PRISM, UM Scholars, STAR-PREP, UMB CURE, and BUILD ASCEND. These pipeline programs prepare students to enter the biomedical and healthcare workforce and offer excellent success rates for students transitioning into undergraduate medical/science streams and graduate programs. .

EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE

David E. Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, MHS-CL, FACEP, clinical director of the University of Maryland Medical Center and professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UMSOM, was honored for his continued leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. With his expertise and experience in emergency medicine, he became the UMB-University of Maryland Medical System’s COVID-19 Incident Commander. Under his leadership, a systems approach to the pandemic was developed and implemented, with the protection of the workforce and students as a priority. Additionally, Marcozzi is Gov. Larry Hogan’s senior COVID-19 medical advisor on the coronavirus response team.

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION

Joseph R. Scalea, MD, former Associate Professor of Surgery, UMSOM, has been recognized for his innovative use of drone technology to save lives. In partnership with friends and colleagues from UMB; the University of Maryland, College Park; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, Scalea led the team that pioneered the use of drone technology to innovate organ transport. A successful test of the drone system in 2019 led to a $16 million investment to build two Baltimore-based startups, MediGo and MissionGO. Scalea left UMSOM earlier this year.

(Read all the winners at this link.)

The Institutional Faculty Nominating Committees make recommendations to the Institutional Chairs, who review the nominations and supporting materials and forward the recommendations to USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman, MD. The Regents Faculty Review Committee makes the final recommendations.

Perman and Board of Regents Chair Linda R. Gooden, MBA, will recognize the winners at the scheduled meeting of the full board on April 29 at Towson University.

“It is a pleasure to recognize these outstanding faculty members each year,” said Gooden. “I am especially grateful for their dedication throughout the many phases of the pandemic and pleased that we can plan to recognize them in person, thanks to the work our campuses have done to keep their communities safe.”

Says Perman: “The foundation of the quality of the university system, its importance, its power to transform lives and change the world is, quite simply, our faculty. It is a privilege to be able to honor them and celebrate what they make possible every day – possible for each student and for the body of scholarship that advances our progress and deepens our humanity.

Each award carries a $2,000 prize provided by the institutions and the USM Foundation.

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