Sumaya receives Public Health Hero Award
Ciro V. Sumaya, MD, MPHTM, is the recipient of the Public Health Hero Award presented by the Texas A&M School of Public Health. Sumaya was honored at a cocktail reception and dinner program hosted by Dean Jay Maddock, PhD, held in San Antonio, Texas at the Sheraton Gunter Crystal Ballroom.
Sumaya served from 1998-2008 as the Founding Dean of the School of Public Health and retired in 2014 as a professor and holder of the Cox Endowed Chair in Medicine from the Dept. of Health Policy and Management.
Prior to coming to Texas A&M, Sumaya served as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He first served as an administrator at the Health Resources and Services Administration and subsequently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, spearheading the federal initiative on the future of academic health centers.
"Dean Sumaya was a visionary leader. In developing the first School of Public Health devoted to rural communities, he laid the groundwork for addressing some of the most pressing public health issues facing America today,” Maddock said.
Sumaya is a past member of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the principal recommending governmental body for vaccines administered to the American public. He also is past chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Medical Association, which represents 36,000 licensed Hispanic physicians.