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May 17, 2012

Rush University Celebrates its 40th Commencement Ceremony on June 9

(CHICAGO) — Rush University will recognize more than 600 graduating students at its 40th commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., Chicago.

Dr. Larry Goodman, president of Rush University and CEO of Rush University Medical Center, and Dr. Thomas Deutsch, provost of Rush University and dean of Rush Medical College, will preside over the ceremony and award degrees to students graduating from the University’s four colleges.

Established in 1972, Rush University is comprised of Rush Medical College, College of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and The Graduate College.

The graduating students will receive the Doctor of Medicine degree from Rush Medical College, and the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the College of Nursing.

Degrees conferred by the College of Health Sciences include the Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory science, perfusion technology, and vascular ultrasound; the Master of Science in clinical nutrition, health systems management, medical laboratory science, occupational therapy, perfusion technology, respiratory care and speech-language pathology; and the Doctor of Audiology.

Degrees conferred by the Graduate College include the Master of Science in anatomy and cell biology, biotechnology, clinical research, and pharmacology and the Doctor of Philosophy in anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry, immunology/microbiology, neurosciences, nursing and pharmacology.

40th Anniversary of Rush University

This year’s commencement marks the 40th anniversary of Rush University as four colleges. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Rush University and to create new traditions, all endowed chair holders will receive and wear customized engraved medallions to be worn at all future commencement ceremonies. Custom regalia showcased at last year’s ceremony will be worn again this year.

Endowed chair holders are faculty physicians, nurses or researchers who have risen through the ranks and contributed to the future of Rush and to their field of health science. As both a university and an academic medical center, Rush was the first private hospital in the country to establish an endowed chair and now has 92 endowed chairs valued at more than $165 million dollars.

Since 1972, Rush University has awarded more than 13,000 degrees. Rush alumni are researchers, practitioners and teachers spanning the entire range of specialties and occupations in the field of health care.

Orthopedics Pioneer Dr. Jorge O. Galante is Commencement Speaker

This year's commencement speaker and recipient of the Rush University Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters is Dr. Jorge O. Galante, DMSc, chairman emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush. A pioneer in the development of modern joint replacement surgery and one of the first Chicago physicians to perform a total hip implant, Galante has had a profound impact on the research and clinical practice of orthopedics.

Beginning in the late 1960s, Dr. Galante worked to develop long-lasting, biologically compatible joint replacements. Convinced that the long-term success of replacement depended on a stable connection between the prosthesis and the patient’s bone, his research focused on ways to permanently fix implants to bone without the cement used in traditional replacement surgeries. With a colleague at the University of Illinois, he developed a titanium fiber mesh used as a porous coating on joint replacement devices. This coating promotes in-growth of new bone which, over time, can provide greater stability than cement. This development began a new era of joint replacement surgery, leading to the invention of hip and knee replacements used today by surgeons around the world.

While department chairman, Galante was also concerned with the biomechanical design of prosthetic devices. To address this issue, he collaborated with other physicians and biomechanical engineers in studies of different material properties, studies of prosthetic stem design and studies of forces acting on prosthetic devices in vivo. A gait laboratory was developed and a research team recruited to address biological, biomechanical and biomaterial aspects of joint replacements; work on these issues continues to this day.

Dr. Galante is currently the Grainger director of the Rush Arthritis and Orthopedics Institute at Rush, a professor of orthopedic surgery and anatomy at Rush University and a visiting professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Buenos Aires Medical School. His support for basic research led to ongoing collaboration between the departments of Biochemistry, Rheumatology and Orthopedic Surgery at Rush that allows the Institute to provide advanced medical and surgical treatment for patients with a broad range of orthopedic conditions. As chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery from 1972 until 1993, Dr. Galante was instrumental in developing the department into one of the foremost clinical and research orthopedic institutions in the world.

As a tribute to his achievements and his commitment to his patients, the Jorge O. Galante, MD, DMSc, Chair in Orthopedic Surgery was established as the 74th endowed chair of Rush University in 1996. In 2001 the Medical Center awarded Galante its highest honor, the Trustee Medal. Since 2003, Galante has been a trustee of Rush University Medical Center, serving on the Facilities Committee and the Rush University Board of Overseers.

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