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FAU Assistant Dean Receives OPAL Leadership Award from Rotary Club of Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, FL (January 27, 2009) – Dr. Ira J. Gelb, M.D., FACC, assistant dean for prebaccalaureate programs and a clinical professor for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science at Florida Atlantic University, was awarded the Outstanding People and Leaders (OPAL) award by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton . The award, which recognizes Gelb’s dedication and commitment to serving the Boca Raton community in the field of health and medicine, recently was presented as part of an annual ceremony that honors individuals for their time, talent and resources in the success of Boca Raton.  

“I am truly honored to be the recipient of this award,” said Gelb. “It is particularly gratifying as it comes from my community and is in a field I am very passionate about.”

Gelb, a noted cardiologist and chairman of the leadership council of the American Heart Association of Boca Raton, is an affiliate professor and one of the founders of the University of Miami Regional Medical Campus at FAU. An advisory board member of the College of Biomedical Science, he also is a member of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science advisory board, a Boca Raton Community Hospital Foundation board member, former chairman of the FAU Foundation, and is an active supporter of several charitable organizations. Gelb has been an active Rotarian since 1996.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
As signified by the motto “Service above Self,” Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world.
   The Rotary Club of Boca Raton established the OPAL Awards as part of its 50-year commitment to Boca Raton.  

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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