It is with great sadness that the Texas A&M School of Public Health announces the passing on Dec. 1, of Dr. Ciro V. Sumaya, MD, MPHTM, founding dean of the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health, now named the Texas A&M School of Public Health. Dr. Sumaya was a professor and holder of the Cox Endowed Chair in Medicine and served as the dean of the School of Public Health from 1997-2008. Previously, Dr. Sumaya was a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was the first Hispanic appointed to head a major federal public health service agency as administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a federal focal point for innovation in health care delivery and health professions education. Subsequently, Dr. Sumaya served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, spearheading the federal initiative on the Future of Academic Health Centers. In 2006, Dr. Sumaya was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the principal recommending governmental body for vaccines administered to the American public. In 2008, Dr. Sumaya was appointed chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Medical Association, which represents 36,000 licensed Hispanic physicians, and he was also selected by Hispanic Business as one of the Top 100 influential Hispanics nationwide.
In honor of Dr. Sumaya, donations may be made in his memory to the Ciro V. Sumaya Endowment Fund at the Texas A&M School of Public Health through the Texas A&M Foundation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.
Details of services for Dr. Sumaya.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 06