Italian Cultural Association Honors Faculty

Recognized for their contributions to medicine from the left are Peter T. Triolo, Jr., D.D.S., Fabio Triolo, D.d.R., M. Phil., Ph.D., Davide Cattano, M.D., Ph.D., and Stefano Sdringola-Maranga, M.D., M.H.A.  Honoree Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D., is not pictured.  (PHOTO CREDIT: Roswitha Volger)

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) was well represented at an Aug. 23 award presentation by the Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston (ICCC).

Five faculty members were among those Italian and Italian-American professionals who received Italian Flame Awards at the ICC’s annual gala for their distinctions in the health care field.

“I’m very proud to see so many Italian-Americans and Italians who have, through the years, produced such distinguished results in the medical, research, and scientific field both in Italy and in the United States,” said Tiziana Ciacciofera, director of programs and marketing for the ICCC.

UTHealth honorees include:

Davide Cattano, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and medical director of the Preoperative Anesthesia Clinic at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center;

Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D., president and Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair at UTHealth, as well as UTHealth Medical School dean and H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences;

Stefano Sdringola‐Maranga, M.D., M.H.A., professor of medicine, Weatherhead Distinguished Chair of Heart Disease, and Weatherhead P.E.T. Center for Preventing and Reversing Atherosclerosis associate director, as well as a member of the medical staff of the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute;

Fabio Triolo, D.d.R., M.Phil., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatric surgery and cellular therapy core director;

Peter T. Triolo, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., former associate dean, Technology Services and Informatics, Chief Information Officer and professor of restorative dentistry and prosthodontics at the UTHealth School of Dentistry. He retired on July 31, 2013.

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