Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Service (est. 2010)

  • Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA
  • Daniel H. Lasser, MD, MPH
  • Marianne E. Felice, MD
  • John L. Sullivan, MD

This award is based on the candidate’s service contributions, including service that is consistent with the mission of the academic health sciences center. The service activities should have made demonstrable, substantial and long-lasting contributions to the campus community (academic or clinical) or the community at large or to the candidate’s discipline or profession. This can include both exemplary clinical service and public service activities.

The recipient of this award is invited to carry the UMass Worcester mace at formal institutional functions, including Commencement, Convocation and the Second Year Oath.

(2013) Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA, the Barbara Helen Smith Chair in Preventive & Behavioral Medicine and professor of medicine, for a legacy defined by contributions to the campus community and to the fields of behavioral medicine and wellness promotion which has advanced the success of the scientific mission, and for contributions to advancing the careers of women in science and medicine through mentoring and program development.

(2012) Daniel H. Lasser, MD, MPH, chair and professor of family medicine & community health, for being an exemplar of the profession through commitment to the care of the underserved and underinsured, and resolve to collaborate and advocate on behalf of those in need.

(2011) Marianne E. Felice, MD, former chair and professor of pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology, for her legacy as a devoted clinician for adolescents and younger children, a mentor in high demand, and the driving force behind numerous public health projects that are bettering the lives of children throughout the commonwealth.

(2010) John L. Sullivan, MD, former vice provost for research and professor of pediatrics and molecular medicine, for longtime leadership of the research community that brought national distinction to the institution, and vision that engaged the entire campus community in successful pursuit of a prestigious national clinical and translational sciences award.