Your education at the Creighton University School of Medicine prepared you for medical challenges and opportunities in patient care, teaching, research and service. As an alumnus, you can strengthen your connections to the School, former classmates, and your favorite professors by:
- Returning to campus for Homecoming and other events
- Staying updated with School news
- Updating your contact information
- Getting involved in our Regional Alumni networks
- Giving back to support the School, its mission and future generations of medical school students
- Connecting through Facebook or Twitter @CreightonSOM
Interested in volunteering?
Throughout our 125 years, Creighton University School of Medicine has built a reputation for training excellent physicians in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Creighton is one of only four Catholic medical schools in the country, offering medical students of any faith a unique and outstanding educational experience.
Educated in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and service to others, Creighton physicians bring compassion, conviction and a strong sense of ethics to the health care community. Faculty are strong teachers and mentors who imbue students with a desire to make a difference in their communities – locally and around the world. Creighton-educated physicians are consistently recognized for extraordinary clinical skills, cultural competence, empathy and communication skills.
We are committed to providing our students the best medical preparation possible. We want them to be unsurpassed in their capacity to prevent illness, restore health, contribute innovative research and provide compassionate care.
Relationships with CHI Health in Nebraska and Iowa and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix have greatly enhanced health education and opportunities for our students. Through these affiliations, our world is expanding. In 2017, CHI Health and Creighton University opened the doors to a new academic health center with two campuses.
As always, we value your partnership as we search for innovative ways to prepare physicians for an ever-changing health care environment. I encourage you to stay connected through the School of Medicine e-newsletter and social media accounts for news from your alma mater, and visit the Alumni Association website for updates on campus activities, Homecoming Weekend and regional events throughout the country.
We also welcome and very much appreciate your support of our students. With your generosity, you help extend Creighton’s legacy of leadership in medical education to the next generation of health care professionals.
Robert (Bo) W. Dunlay, MD’81
Dean, School of Medicine
As chair of the Medical Alumni Advisory Board (MAAB), I am honored to welcome you to the Creighton Alumni website. Please take some time to browse the site and consider how you can continue to stay involved with the Creighton UniversitySchool of Medicine through committees, events or philanthropy.
Creighton University and Creighton University School of Medicine hold special places in my heart. After earning an undergraduate degree from CU, I went on to receive my medical degree from the School of Medicine. I continued on at CU as a resident and eventually a fellow. Today, I am a cardiologist with Creighton/CHIHealth and proud to be able to continue the tradition of training medical residents and students within the cardiology fellowship program.
Creighton University is family to me and I know that we can continue to foster that community at our new home at the Creighton University Medical Center at BerganMercy. It is a state-of-the-art medical facility that is well equipped to teach, train, enhance and strengthen the education of medical students and residents for many years to come. The new medical center delivers the quality and tradition the School of Medicine is known for. In addition, it creates a new frontier for innovative training for both facility and students.
I feel strongly about the MAAB and hope that you can help increase our effectiveness as an alumni organization. Please contact me, or Sarah Rider, if you are interested in becoming involved. Consider sharing your talents and gifts with the MAAB.
Terry Slattery, MD
Chair, Medical Alumni Advisory Board
Alumni Advisory Board Members
|Jennifer Oliveto Ayoub,
Zephyr Cove, Nevada
|Jane Carnazzo, BSCHM’82, MD’86
|Mary Walton Conti,
Paradise Valley, Arizona
|Pamela Tangri-Dedinsky, MD’91
Paradise Valley, Arizona
|Joanne Edney, BA’81, MD’85 Denver, Colorado|
St. Paul, Minnesota
BS’53, MS’55, MD’59
|Timothy Fitzgibbons, MD’73
M4 Class President
Kathleen McComb Massop, BS’80, MD’84
|John McClellan, III, BSBA’89, MD’93
|Michael McNamara, BS’85, MD’89
Port Jefferson, New York
|Deacon Richard Petersen, BS’61, MD’65
| Kashmir Singh,
|Robert Van Demark, Jr., M.D.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
|Jennifer Peter Van Warmerdam,
Corte Madera, California
|Jane A. West,
Greenwood Village, Colorado
MAAB Board Bylaws: Article III, Section 3
Past Chairs will automatically become lifetime members of the Chairs Council, a special committee whose purpose is to provide ongoing advice and recommendations to the full Board.
|Stephen Brzica, Jr.,
Des Moines, Iowa
The name of this body shall be the Creighton Medical Alumni Advisory Board, hereafter also referred to as the Board.
The Creighton University School of Medicine, recognizing that its many alumni throughout the United States have made and will continue to make very significant contributions to the health and general well-being of the nation, does hereby form the Creighton Medical Alumni Advisory Board for the purposes of utilizing the talent for the continued betterment of the School’s total educational and service program. The principal function of the Board will be to assist, advise, comment upon and make recommendations to the School on any matter involving educational affairs of the School of Medicine. Board members will also act as goodwill ambassadors and have active roles in the areas of fundraising and public relations. The Board will be responsible for the nomination of a Creighton University School of Medicine alumnus to receive the Crystal Caduceus Award (not to exceed one award every two years without the prior approval of the dean). The award is given to honor a Creighton University alumnus who has brought distinction to themselves, the School of Medicine and the medical profession.
The voting membership of the Board shall consist of alumni of the Creighton University School of Medicine and those members as otherwise selected to serve on the board. The Board shall be formed at the pleasure of the University. Board members will serve for a period of three years, at which time they may be reappointed to another term of three years. The procedure for obtaining new and/or additional members and for reappointments to the Board shall be as follows:
1. Any member of the Board may submit recommendations for membership to the whole Board for its approval as presented in the nomination procedures document
2. The approval of individual prospective Board members will require a majority vote of the voting members of the Board, when the Board is in session and a quorum is present. Voting may also be accomplished via an email vote. A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of the voting membership
3. Past Chairs will automatically become lifetime members of the Chairs Council, a special committee whose purpose is to provide ongoing advice and recommendations to the full Board.
The officers of this Board shall consist of a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, and designated personnel from the University as assigned by the dean to perform the duties of the Secretary for the Board. The chairman and vice chairman will serve for a period of two years starting at the September meeting and concluding two years later at the May meeting. The Vice-Chair will assume the position of the chairman at the conclusion of his/her service as Vice-Chair. All officers will be elected from the membership of the Board by the Board. The Vice Chair is nominated by board members prior to the final May meeting of the sitting Chair and will be voted on during the May meeting. The duties of the officers shall be as follows:
Chairman: The Chairman shall be the chief executive officer of the Board and shall have the general supervision and direction of the other officers of the Board and shall see that their duties are properly performed. The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board. It shall be the duty of the Chairman to see that all orders and resolutions of the Board are implemented or communicated to the proper persons or bodies.
Vice-Chairman: The Vice-Chairman shall have such powers and perform such duties as the Board, from time-to-time, may prescribe and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the By-Laws or requested by the Chairman. In the absence or inability of the Chairman to act, the Vice-Chairman shall perform the duties of the Chairman, and when so acting shall be vested with all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the Chairman. The Vice-Chairman shall act as official Parliamentarian for the Board.
Secretary: The secretary position as assigned by the dean, will record, distribute and preserve all of the proceedings of the board meetings. In addition, this position will assure that proper notice of all meetings is given to the Board members and shall have responsibility for the books and other records of the Board. In general, the Secretary position shall perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary, and will perform such other duties as from time-to-time may be assigned by these By-Laws, the Chairman and the dean.
Meetings: The rules of parliamentary procedure, as contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, shall govern meetings of the Board. The Board will normally meet twice annually at times and places determined by the Board or its designees. Special meetings of the Board may be called at a time and place designated by the Chairman of the Board. In order for the Board to officially conduct its business, a quorum of the voting membership must be present at the Board meeting.
All meetings of the Board are to be open meetings, unless the Board has designated the meeting as being an Executive Session.
Attendance Requirement: Board Members are expected to attend at least one board meeting per year. Appropriate and timely response to meeting attendance requests is required.
Committees: The work of the Board will be accomplished partly through committees. Recommendations and/or actions of all committees shall be reported to the Chairman of the Board for implementation after approval has been obtained from the Board.
The Board may establish and appoint such committees with such powers and duties and for such length of time as it shall determine.
The By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of the voting members of this Board.
The chairman of the Board may appoint a committee to review these By-laws and to make such recommendations as deemed necessary for their change or amendment.
All questions of interpretation of this document shall be resolved by the Board.
-Revised August 2016
The Crystal Caduceus Award is the highest form of recognition bestowed by the Creighton University School of Medicine Alumni Advisory Board. The Crystal Caduceus Award is hoped to represent a treasured messenger for medicine; an individual who has gained distinction of lifetime achievement in his/her chosen profession, a teacher, a diplomat, a leader who has a great reverence for community and family. The award is given biennially to honor either a Creighton University alumnus, faculty or staff member who has brought distinction to him/herself, the School of Medicine and the medical profession during Homecoming Week in the fall.
The criteria for the award are as follows:
- Being a degreed alumnus/alumna of Creighton University School of Medicine, or a faculty/staff member who spent the majority of their clinical/research years at Creighton University.
- An individual who has gained distinction of lifetime achievement in his/her chosen profession, a teacher, a diplomat, a leader who has a great reverence for community and family.
- Having provided distinguished service and promotion to the School of Medicine.
- Guided by the Jesuit ideals of being men and women for others in a way that positively impacts their community.
- When completing questions 1 and 2 on the nomination form, it is critical that nominators provide specific examples of how the nominee meets the criteria for this citation.
- A supporting resume/curriculum vitae must accompany the nomination.
- One letter of support with two references.
- Nominations are due February 1.
Crystal Caduceus Award Recipients
2016: Robert R. Recker, MD’63, MACP, FACE
2014 - Richard J. Feldhaus, BS’53, MS’55, MD’59
2012 - James P. Slattery, MD’64 †
2008 - Thomas J. Cinque, MD’59 †
2005 - James L. Manion, MD’66
2003 - Joseph M. Holthaus, BSM’46, MD’47
2000 - Claude H. Organ Jr., MD’52, MSM’57 †
1999 - Richard D. Schultz, BS’54, MD’58 †
1998 - Harry J. Jenkins Jr., MD’54 †
1997 - Robert J. Fitzgibbons Sr., BSM’42, MD’43 †
† - In our thoughts, prayers and memories.
Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center have created an academic affiliation that will create a Creighton medical school presence in Phoenix. The Creighton campus in Phoenix becomes the only Catholic medical school campus located west of Omaha.
The affiliation will expand educational opportunities available to Creighton medical students while allowing the University’s School of Medicine to recruit more students. The collaboration is also designed to strengthen the medical reputations of both institutions, promote the sharing of faculty and administrative expertise, create collaborative research opportunities, and enhance medical services for Arizona patients.
Since 2005, Creighton and St. Joseph’s have had an agreement that sends Creighton medical students to Phoenix for one-month rotations. Under the new affiliation, Creighton will establish a fully operational campus at St. Joseph’s that will offer two full years of clinical training. Creighton expanded its entering medical class from 126 to 152 students in 2010. All students will train for their first two years in Omaha. Starting in 2012, 42 third-year students will move to Phoenix for their final two years of training, and 110 third-year students will remain in Omaha. The Phoenix campus will graduate its first students in 2014.