UMB Faculty Receives System’s Highest Honor

Baltimore, Maryland (March 8, 2022)The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents honors three faculty members from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) as recipients of the 2022 USM Regents Faculty Awards.

USM Regents Faculty Award winners (gd): Greg Carey, PhD; David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP; Joseph Scalea, MD.

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.

the University of Maryland School of Medicine represented UMB by winning awards in the areas of 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

Greg Carey, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, assistant dean of student research and education, and executive director of student research and community outreach at the medical school was recognized for the growing participation of underrepresented youth of 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, CURE STEM, 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 Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP, Clinical Director of the University of Maryland Medical Center and Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the School of Medicine has received a Public Service Achievement Award for his consistent leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. With his expertise and experience in emergency medicine, he became the UMB-UMMS 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 Governor Hogan’s senior COVID-19 medical adviser on the coronavirus task force.

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION

Joseph Scalea, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine received an Excellence in Innovation Award for his innovative use of drone technology to save lives. In partnership with friends and colleagues at UMB, University of Maryland College Park and University of Maryland in Baltimore County, and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, Scalea led the team that pioneered the use of drone technology to innovate organ transportation. A successful test of the drone system in 2019 led to a $16 million investment to build two Baltimore-based startups, MediGo and MissionGO.

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.

Chancellor Perman and Board Chair Linda R. Gooden, MBA, will recognize the winners as part of the board meeting scheduled for 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.”

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

Each award features a $2,000 prize provided by the institutions and the University System of Maryland Foundation.