2015 Cura Personalis Award
The Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis, which means “care of the whole person,” suggests individualized attention to the needs of others, distinct respect for unique circumstances and concerns, and an appropriate appreciation for singular gifts and insights. This is the founding principle of Georgetown University Medical Center, and has special resonance for the scientific and educational missions of the university.
Every year at the GUMC Convocation, the Cura Personalis Award is bestowed upon a health professional who has made outstanding contributions to human health guided by compassion and service.
This year we are pleased to present the Cura Personalis Award to our keynote speaker, Martin J. Blaser, MD, a world-renowned researcher and clinician who has studied how bacteria can prevent or promote the development of disease for over 30 years. Blaser is the Muriel and George Singer Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology at New York University Langone Medical Center, where he also serves as the director of the Human Microbiome Program.