Claire Pomeroy named Humanitarian of the Year by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento

Posted May 27, 2009

Dean Claire Pomeroy
Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences at UC Davis and dean of UC Davis School of Medicine, during award dinner. (Photographs courtesy of Monica Toohey-Krause.)

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento recently presented its 2009 Humanitarian of the Year award to Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences at UC Davis and dean of UC Davis School of Medicine. Pomeroy received the award at a dinner attended by about 500 people at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento.

Doug Bergman, UCP president and CEO, said, "Dr. Pomeroy continues the tradition of representing some of Sacramento's finest leaders. She has a profound impact on improving the reach and quality of health care in the Sacramento area. She is well-known for her leadership in improving health care in Sacramento and has inspired many to pursue a career in the medical sciences. Above all, she is a tireless advocate for those who are in special need of our community's support."

Sandy Smoley, current chair of the UC Davis Health System Leadership Council and former secretary of the State Health and Welfare Agency, also delivered remarks, including some on behalf of Pomeroy's husband, William Preston Robertson, who was recuperating from surgery.

"Above all, she is a tireless advocate for those who are in special need of our community's support."
— Doug Bergman, UCP President and CEO

Pomeroy oversees UC Davis Health System and all of its academic, research and clinical programs, including the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the School of MedicineUC Davis Medical Center, and an 800-member physician practice group. She is an expert in infectious diseases and a professor of internal medicine and microbiology and immunology.

Pomeroy is committed to a new vision for health care and health, one that focuses on the broad social determinants of health and that calls for new approaches to building a healthy world. She has championed wide-ranging innovations, including new technologies such as telemedicine for improving access and quality of patient care, novel educational approaches such as interprofessional learning in the new school of nursing, and community-based research through the university's Clinical and Translational Science Center.

As a member of the committee that governs the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Pomeroy also has been an advocate for stem-cell research — scientific investigations that one day could lead to breakthrough treatments for a variety of diseases and injuries. That type of work can be seen in the stem cell program at UC Davis and in its new Institute for Regenerative Cures.

sceenshot of Dr. Pomeroy in her office
Portrait of a Health-Care Leader: A video that was played at the dinner where Claire Pomeroy was recognized as Humanitarian of the Year. Click here to play video.

This year’s event marked the 16th time United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento has awarded its prestigious Humanitarian of the Year honor. The award is given to individuals who have displayed a passion for life and a sincere desire to work toward enhancing the lives of others.

United Cerebral Palsy started in Sacramento in 1955 and today serves 1,700 clients a month in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and Nevada counties.

The organization’s mission is to provide programs and services that improve the independence, productivity and quality of life for people with development disabilities and their families.

Its services include an after-school program for children with autism, equine-assisted therapy, adult day programs, independent living services, in-home respite care for parents and recreational programs.

Eighty-six percent of the people assisted by United Cerebral Palsy have developmental disabilities other than cerebral palsy.