2014 Outstanding Service to the Allied Health Professions: Dennis Strauss
Each year we recognize someone who has made extraordinary contributions in health care, education, or service that result in the significant advancement of the School and the allied health professions.
The 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Service to the Allied Health Professions Award is Dennis Strauss, MD.
Dr. Strauss, a 1968 graduate of the UNMC College of Medicine, has served as the chair of the School of Allied Health Professions Capital Campaign Committee since its inception in 2010. In this capacity he has been instrumental in guiding the SAHP’s campaign to unprecedented success.
The SAHP capital campaign committee is one of the many committees working collectively in the Campaign for Nebraska, a $1.2 billion capital campaign initiative under the direction of the University of Nebraska Foundation. What is unique about the committee, however, is that it represents the first-ever committee assembled to support the distinct development needs of the School of Allied Health Professions. Dr. Strauss has been described as one of the very best chairs of the university-wide initiative. He is extremely involved and cares deeply about the University and the medical center.
The significance of this cannot be overstated. To date, the SAHP campaign has reached approximately 62% of its goal of $5 million in gifts and pledges to the SAHP for student support, and faculty and departmental development. These gifts have been transformative. Most notable, the SAHP has secured over $1.25 million in support of endowed faculty positions, the first such positions in the over forty-year history of the SAHP.
Dr. Strauss has led the committee with outstanding commitment and enthusiasm. Upon agreeing to serve as chair of the committee, he spent the first month meeting with each SAHP program director to familiarize himself with the programs and their needs. He has gone on to create a greater awareness and appreciation within the larger community for the value and significance of the allied health professions in everyone’s health.
In his role as chair, he participated in regularly scheduled monthly planning meetings and other meetings with donors and committee members, attended special events, made countless phone calls, and consistently communicated with the SAHP committee members via periodic e-mail updates that he writes.
As if his role as chair was not enough, Dr. Strauss also teaches regularly in the SAHP Radiography program, benefitting our students with his over 40 years of experience as a radiologist. Students describe him as being passionate about teaching, someone who can make complex things easy to understand and who likes to throw in a few jokes to help students remember the topics he discusses.
Another nominator commented that “as a radiologist, Dr. Strauss emphasizes the importance of the relationship between the Radiologist and the Radiologic Technologist in providing quality patient care. He continuously expresses his appreciation for the work of the technologists and tactfully guides the students towards the expectations for providing a quality radiograph.”
Dr. Strauss is a champion for the SAHP. He has quietly and selflessly contributed his talents and efforts to the cause of significantly advancing the School of Allied Health Professions at UNMC.
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