Alumni Connections

Spring/Summer 2016

Medical Alumni Honored in Rome

This year two medical alumni are among the six recipients of Georgetown’s 2016 John Carroll Awards. The award recognizes extraordinary leadership and service to the university and is the Alumni Association’s highest honor. 

Alan Brett Leahey (C’82, M’87) is an ophthalmologist at the Lehigh Valley Eye Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He served previously on the Board 
of Regents and chaired the Medical Affairs Committee. He is also the Georgetown Scholarship Program Chair for the Class of 1982, chair of the alumni admissions program in his area, and a former Career Network member. He and his wife, Kathleen Smith Leahey (NHS’83), live in Greenville, South Carolina and have three Hoya children—Kelly (S’10), Colleen (C’11), and Jennifer (C’14). 

Francis M. Palumbo III (C’68, M’72, R’75) served for 10 years as Director of Georgetown’s Children & Youth Ambulatory Services before entering private practice at Spring Valley Pediatrics in Washington, D.C. He also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital. He has served as an advisor for the American Academy of Pediatrics and has appeared before Congress as an expert child advocate on the Task Force on Children and Television. A member of the Legacy Society, he and his wife, Sharon Love Palumbo, live in Arlington, Virginia. 

The awards were presented in April in Rome, Italy, during John Carroll Weekend, the beloved annual gathering of Georgetown alumni for social, cultural, and intellectual engagement.

Susan Hockfield Chosen to Serve as AAAS President-Elect

Susan HockfieldSusan Hockfield (M'79)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science announced that Susan Hockfield, former president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been chosen to serve as president-elect of the organization.

Hockfield earned her Ph.D. in anatomy from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, with a concentration in neuroscience in 1979. She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco and a member of the scientific staff at the Cold Spring Harbor Labo-ratory in New York. In 1985 she joined the faculty at Yale University, and later served as dean of the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and then provost before joining MIT in 2004.

Hockfield was president of MIT from 2004 to 2012, currently holding a faculty appointment there as professor of neuroscience and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Her research focuses on brain development and glioma, a deadly form of brain cancer. Hockfield pioneered the use of monoclonal antibody technology in brain research.

“In all of these roles I came to appreciate the responsibility of academics to communicate their discoveries to the non-scientific community and to bring their perspectives into policy decisions,” Hockfield said.

Alumna named a 2015 Washingtonian of the Year

Gloria A WilderGloria A. Wilder (M'93)

Pediatrician Gloria A. Wilder (M’93), known to most as  “Dr. Gloria,” was recently recognized by Washingtonian magazine for her emphasis on improving access to care in D.C. She told the magazine that her goal is for all Washingtonians to have wellness choices: “We’re in the best city on earth to demonstrate justice in access to health care.”

Wilder is president and CEO of Core Health, a community health and wellness design firm providing outcome-focused solutions to the nonprofit sector, and dedicated to assisting underserved populations. She has been recognized with honors and awards from a host of organiza-tions, including the District of Colum-bia Primary Care Association, WETA, the Rotary Club, and Planned Parent-hood. In 2004, George Washington University named Wilder physician humanitarian of the year. 

Dr. Wilder previously held positions as director of community pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center and chair of mobile health programs at Children’s National Medical Center.