April 26, 2017
Dr. Roger Pacholka
Roger Pacholka, M.D, is a proud graduate of Wright State University. He flunked out of college in 1971 but received a second chance from Wright State. Pacholka received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980, a Doctor of Medicine in 1985 and graduated from Wright State’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program in 1988. Dr. Pacholka now leads medical students, residents, attending physicians and other health care professionals serving the poor in Southern Africa. As a medical student, he developed a two-month global health rotation in Swaziland, Africa, becoming the first of hundreds of Wright State students to work in the area. He serves as the medical director and U.S. board chairperson for Mercy Air South Africa, a nonprofit missionary aviation organization that provides humanitarian, medical, educational and agricultural programs throughout Southern Africa. At this year’s Academy of Medicine dinner, the comedian-turned-doctor will share stories of his work in Africa and his journey since medical school.
This annual event honors outstanding medical students, residents and faculty from Boonshoft School of Medicine while recognizing the dedicated work of members of the Wright State University Academy of Medicine in an unforgettable evening of camaraderie and celebration. Each year, the event features luminary speakers from the field of medicine, arts or entertainment.
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April 27, 2016
Dan Patterson has been fascinated with flight his entire life. He employs his skills and talents as a designer and photographer to look at aviation in a different light. Over 30 books with his photos have been published meeting with international acclaim. Patterson was honored in 2003 as the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s first winner of the Harry B. Combs Award for Excellence in the Preservation of Aviation History. He was introduced by astonauts Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan. He was also named Wright State University Alumni of Year in 2003. Dan has had several major exhibits, including a one-man show at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in 2005 and the creation of a Very Large Book for permanent exhibit at the Wright Brothers Museum in Pau, France. He was selected as a lecturer for the Smithsonian Journeys Programs.
April 29, 2015
Recognized as one of the National Football League’s best offensive lineman, Nick Mangold first established himself during his days as a three-sport athlete at Archbishop Alter High School.
Having grown up in Centerville, Ohio, Nick played both offense and defense for the Knights and was named first-team All-Ohio his senior year. After graduation, he was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
He continued his career at The Ohio State University where he was a three-year starter and co-captain his senior season. During his career at Ohio State, Nick was a two-time All-Big Ten selection as well as an Outland Trophy finalist and a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the top center in the country, after not allowing a sack his entire senior season.
In 2006, he was drafted in the first round (29th overall) by the New York Jets and was the first player ever to start the entire season at center for the organization. After his rookie season, he was named to the All-Rookie team and garnered AFC Rookie of the Year consideration, despite playing an often overlooked position. He has since been selected to the Pro Bowl five times and named All-Pro twice.
April 23, 2014
Long before J.R. Martinez won legions of fans as the winner of Dancing with the Stars in 2011, he was inspiring audiences of all kinds with his remarkable story.
Born to a single mother from El Salvador, his dream was to become a professional football player. His plans were derailed by a sports injury. So he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Martinez saw it as a way to give back to a country that already had given so much to him and his family.
In March 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq. Less than a month later, the Humvee he was driving hit a land mine. Three other soldiers were ejected from the burning vehicle, but Martinez was trapped inside. Suffering from smoke inhalation and severe burns to 34 percent of his body, Martinez spent the next 34 months in recovery, undergoing 33 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
Martinez has spoken at events nationwide. His message of resilience and optimism has inspired a wide variety of organizations, including corporations, veterans groups and schools. In 2008, Martinez joined the cast of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning daytime drama All My Children as combat veteran Brot Monroe. The show incorporated portions of Martinez’s real life into its fictional storylines.
Dr. Abraham Verghese
Geography is destiny. This simple phrase is woven like a thread through the tapestry of physician and best-selling author Abraham Verghese’s life and his work. Verghese was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Annual Dinner.
A professor for the theory and practice of medicine and senior associate chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Verghese is the author of My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story, chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and The Tennis Partner: A Story of Friendship and Loss.
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Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen
For 2009 the Academy was privileged to host Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., a renowned pioneer in the mind/body holistic health movement, best-selling author and nationally recognized medical reformer and educator.
Dr. Antonia C. Novello
The 2005 dinner featured speaker Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. Dr. Novello is a former Surgeon General of the United States, and former New York State Health Commissioner.
The 2007 dinner featured speaker Cokie Roberts. Ms. Roberts is an American Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author.
The 2006 dinner featured speaker Naomi Judd. Ms. Judd is an American country music singer, songwriter, author, and former nurse.
The 2005 dinner featured speaker Tom D. Crouch, Ph.D., Curator for the Aeronautics Divison of the National Air and Space Museum. Dr. Crouch discussed the history of the Wright Brothers and their pioneering efforts here in Dayton.
Dr. Mauro Ferrari
The 2004 dinner featured speaker Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D., Associate Vice-President for Health Science Technology & Commercialization at The Ohio State University. The event was held on April 28, 2004 at the Dayton Art Institute.
The 2003 dinner featured Keith Lockhart, Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and was held on Wednesday, April 30, 2003. Guests were treated to an elegant dinner on the main stage of the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Downtown Dayton.
The 2002 dinner featured Geraldine Ferraro, the first female candidate for vice-president, former congresswoman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. The dinner was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at the Dayton Marriott Hotel.
The 2001 dinner was held on Wednesday, April 25th at the Dayton Marriott. The Academy proudly presented guest lecturer Paula Zahn, national award-winning journalist and host of Fox Network's The Edge with Paula Zahn.
The Academy of Medicine's Guest Speaker for the 2000 Spring Dinner was comedy legend Carl Reiner. The Emmy-Award winning actor and director entertained and amused our audience of distinguished members. The event was held on April 18, 2000 at the Five Seasons Country Club.
Dr. Michael Levitt
Excellent food, fine entertainment, and an enjoyable lecture were presented April 28 at the 1999 Annual Dinner. The event featured Michael Levitt, M.D., gastroenterologist and associate chief of staff for research at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His presentation, "The Status of Flatus," educated and entertained those in attendance.