Felician University Announces 2019 President’s Medallion Award Recipient Dr. Thomas Bellavia

(November 30, 2018) – Dr. Anne Prisco, President of Felician University, proudly announces, Thomas Bellavia, M.D. as the 2019 recipient of the President’s Medallion Award.  

This prestigious award honors individuals for outstanding service and support for the mission of Felician University.  Dr. Prisco commented that, “Dr. Bellavia is an invaluable member of our University community and I am proud to recognize him with this distinction. We look forward to working toward the next chapter of Felician excellence in healthcare education and more.”  

Dr. Bellavia will receive the President’s Medallion on January 27, 2019 at a Brunch on the Rutherford Campus of Felician University following a 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Castle Chapel said by Msgr. Hilary C. Franco of the Office of the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN.   

Dr. Bellavia is a current member of the Felician University Board of Trustees.  His respect and support for Felician began through his work-related experiences with graduates of the School of Nursing.  His wife, a magna cum laude alumna of the School of Business, added to his appreciation of a Felician education.

As a Trustee, he has played an integral role in advancing programming and achievements including the newly signed agreement with ICON, a consortium of Italian Universities, which now partner with Felician in the study of Italian language and culture. This coincides with the creation of the Felician Italian Language and Culture Series of which he is a sponsor. 

Dr. Bellavia is Founder and Chairman of Osler Health IPA, a platform for health care that seeks to improve the health status of individual patients as it aims to transform the healthcare industry away from a model of “managing sickness” to one of “preserving wellness.”  

He teaches at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  He is President Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians. He was Regional Vice President of the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit. Dr. Bellavia has received numerous awards throughout his almost fifty years of community service and currently serves on the U.S. House of Representatives’ National Physician’s Health Care Policy Group. 

About Felician University

Felician University engages over 2,300 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow’s leaders. Felician University’s education is ranked 3rd best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the #1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.