To recognize and celebrate individuals

who have made remarkable contributions to the School

Distinguished Service Award for Harvard Medical School Alumni

The awardee will have demonstrated loyalty, service, and commitment to HMS through volunteering, community building, service as an ambassador for the School, or otherwise supporting the School and its mission.

  • Award Criteria

    • Candidates must have demonstrated an active commitment through volunteerism, peer/community engagement, consulting, and/or other similar displays of support and exceptional service to HMS
    • Qualified alumni will have partnered with HMS administrators, faculty, students and/or staff who are affiliated with one or more HMS-managed offices
    • Alumni employed by HMS are eligible provided they are not receiving compensation for the service for which they are being nominated
  • Nomination and Selection Process

    Alumni can submit nominations for this award via the online form. Nominations must be submitted by December 31, 2021. The Alumni Council will select the winner during its spring meeting.

    Nominate a deserving alumnus/a for the 2022 award »

    Nominations are kept confidential and will not be posted online.

I was fortunate to have a support network, including my classmate Alicia Barba. Her partnership paved the way for this program. It was special to be acknowledged for doing something that I love, and something that I hope is making an impact, and that is going to make a difference for HMS’s diverse emerging leaders in medicine and beyond. I'd be remiss if I didn't thank Alicia as well.

Past Winner

  • Dea Angiolillo, MD ’79


    a smiling photo of Dea Angiolillo.

    Angiolillo created and continues to manage the MD Alumni Advisor program at Harvard Medical School. One hundred students participated in the mentorship program between 2015 and 2018. Angiolillo oversees a group of nearly 400 alumni advisers, responds to student inquiries, and works directly with the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development to market this program to students and alumni. This initiative is part of the suite of advising resources available to students and its impact was showcased in reports created for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Angiolillo also served on her 35th and 40th Reunion Committees, encouraging classmates to submit Reunion Report entries, to register and attend the Reunion events, and to give towards the Reunion class gift.

    “I was truly surprised and am of course thrilled. I certainly welcome anything that might bring attention to the Alumni Advisor program.” Dea Angiolillo, MD ’79

    A board-certified internist, Angiolillo practiced at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts, for her entire career, retiring a few years ago. She now does volunteer medical work with immigrants at a free clinic and with the homeless in downtown Boston. She also has worked to set up a farm in western Massachusetts on which disabled adults live and work. Angiolillo completed her residency training in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.