The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ most prestigious alumni awards will be distributed at the SHRS Alumni Awards Ceremony. They include the Dean's Choice, Humanitarian, Philanthropist, Distinguished Alumni, Research Discovery and Rising Star Awards.

50th Anniversary Award Recipients:

Dean's Choice Award
The SHRS Dean’s Choice Award honors an individual who has made great strides in health-related fields beyond his or her profession or degree. This award also recognizes those who are pursuing work that aligns with the Dean’s current priorities.
  • Kysha Harriell, BS 1996 (Athletic Training)

Humanitarian Awards

The SHRS Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual whose demonstrated leadership and outstanding volunteerism have served to improve the lives of others through education, service and/or advocacy. This award honors individuals who exemplify SHRS’ commitment to community service and personify the compassion and caring that is intrinsic to the varied health professions within the school.

  • Eliana C. Ferretti, PhD, 2007 (Rehabilitation Science)

  • Mary Lou Galantino, BS 1982 (Physical Therapy)


Philanthropist Award

The SHRS Philanthropist Award honors an individual or organization whose financial commitment to the school has made a lasting impact on its students, faculty, programs and research. Pitt SHRS would not exist today without the generous charitable support of corporations, foundations, alumni and friends. This award recognizes those who have used philanthropy to further the mission, vision and values of SHRS.

  • David Perrin, PhD 1985 (Sports Medicine)

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Award is granted to outstanding SHRS alumni who have distinguished themselves through their academic, professional and humanitarian accomplishments. Their commitment to professional excellence and dedication to serving their communities through scholarship, education and advocacy exemplify the core values of SHRS.

  • Helen Agresti, BS 2000 (Nutrition and Dietetics)

  • Shelly S. Chabon, PhD 1980 (Communication Science and Disorders)

  • Larry Cooper, BS 1983 (Athletic Training)

  • Megan Driscoll, MOT 2012 (Occupational Therapy)

  • Catherine Getchell, MS 2004 (Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling)

  • Mohamed Hagahmed, BS 2009 (Emergency Medicine)

  • Dave Jedlicka, BA 2006, AuD 2010 (Communication Science and Disorders)

  • Jongbae Kim, PhD 2005 (Rehabilitation Technology)

  • Cindy Miles, BS 1977 (Physical Therapy)

  • Meagan Sampogna Williams, BS 2000 (Health Information Management

Research Discovery Award

The Research Discovery Award honors a world-class researcher within the SHRS alumni community. This award recognizes commitment to professional excellence through scholarship, education and advocacy.     

  • Ryan C. Branski, PhD 2005 (Communication Science and Disorders)

Rising Star Awards

The Rising Star Award recognizes an emerging leader in the health and rehabilitation professions whose record reflects his or her ongoing and exceptional growth in practice, research or service; demonstrated leadership and commitment to furthering his or her profession.

  • Alex Rodriguez Betancourt, MS 2013 (Prosthetics and Orthotics)

  • Maria Luisa Toro Hernandez, MS 2011, PhD 2015 (Rehabilitation Technology)

  • Michael Gans, DPT 2006 (Physical Therapy)

  • Amanda I. Gillespie, MS 2005, PhD 2013 (Communication Science and Disorders)

  • Benjamin Gross, MOT 2010 (Occupational Therapy)

  • Kathryn Reed, MS 2016 (Physician Assistant Studies)

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