Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made an outstanding commitment to the health and welfare of their patients and their community, as well as for humanitarian activities (community setting) or who have made outstanding contributions to medicine and distinguished service to mankind (academic/research medicine). Award selection is made by the Alumni Society Board of Governors and recipients will be recognized at commencement ceremonies each May.
Photo: SIU SOM Alumni Society Board of Governors President Elizabeth J. Cavanagh, MD '98 (second from right) and Dean Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH (far right), take a moment to pose with Paul Checchia, MD '93 (center), the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, who was bestowed with the award at Commencement 2018. Also on hand to help Dr. Checchia celebrate were his wife, Joni, and his son, Andrew.