Featured Testimonial About Creighton University
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The Translational Hearing Center at Creighton University was renamed to honor alumnus and pioneering surgeon Richard J. Bellucci, MD, in an on-campus ceremony. It will now be known as the Dr. Richard J. Bellucci Translational Hearing Center.
Dr. Bellucci was a 1942 graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine before building a long career as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in his native New York City.
“Dr. Bellucci was a surgeon, scientist, teacher, and humanitarian – through a generous, multi-year grant from the Bellucci DePaoli Family Foundation, the Richard J. Bellucci Translational Hearing Center is proud to be part of his legacy,” said Center Director Peter Steyger, PhD. “Dr. Bellucci was a giant in his field, someone we can all hope to emulate. With this donation, we can work to further his mission to prevent and treat hearing loss.”
The Dr. Richard J. Bellucci Translational Hearing Center is based on a unique collaborative model that combines the expertise of leading scientists across multiple disciplines and universities with state-of-the-art facilities to find solutions for one of the most difficult scientific problems – to preserve or restore hearing – as well as to train the next generation of hearing researchers. By doing this, the legacy and work of Dr. Bellucci is continued.
Dr. Bellucci is best known for his work on stapedectomy, a surgery where a prothesis is inserted into the middle-ear to improve hearing. He expanded the use of microscopes in surgery and invented the Bellucci Micro Ear Scissors--which remain a standard instrument for otological surgeons.
He was the president of the American Otological Society and volunteered his expertise in Haiti. He received the Italian Cavaliere de Merito, the Legion of Merit Award, for his work treating World War II veterans suffering from hearing loss.
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About Creighton University
Creighton University, founded in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1878, is one of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. The Omaha campus has more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students among nine schools and colleges. No other university its size offers students such a comprehensive academic environment with personal attention from faculty-mentors. The new health sciences campus in Phoenix, which will accommodate nearly 1,000 students by 2025, is the largest expansion outside of Omaha in Creighton’s history and positions the University as one of the largest Catholic health professions educators in the country. Creighton is ranked in the top third of National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.