Dr. Arnold Luterman, the Ripps-Meisler professor of surgery and vice-chair of academic development and education, has been selected to receive the 2013 Distinguished Service Award sponsored by the University of South Alabama Medical Alumni Association.
This honor recognizes a faculty member who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to advancing medical education and who has provided outstanding leadership to the USA College of Medicine.
“Dr. Luterman has played a significant leadership role in the department of surgery, their residency program and in the medical curriculum on multiple levels,” said Dr. Samuel Strada, dean of the USA College of Medicine. “His input has been invaluable to our growth both in curriculum and clinical responsibilities.”
Dr. Luterman has served diligently, promoting the advancement of the USA College of Medicine and his department on national, state and community levels. He exemplifies the ideals of professionalism and has been an inspiration and mentor for College of Medicine graduates and residents in trauma services.
Dr. Luterman joined the USA faculty in 1981 and served as chair of the department of surgery from 1994 to 2001. For 31 years, Dr. Luterman served as the medical director of the USA Regional Burn and Wound Center. His academic awards are numerous, and he has provided a wide range of editorial and consulting functions. USA medical students have honored him 20 times with a Red Sash Faculty Award, given to faculty members who had the most meaningful impact on their medical education.