Physicians Interactive Chairman and CEO Donato Tramuto to Receive Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from UMass Lowell
Global Healthcare Activist Tramuto recognized for commitment to healthcare access and life sciences thought leadership
LOWELL, Mass. – (May 8, 2015) – Chairman and CEO of Physicians Interactive Donato Tramuto, who resides in Ogunquit, Maine, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) at its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.
The ceremony will be presided over by UMass Lowell Chancellor Martin (Marty) T. Meehan, who has been appointed to the post of University of Massachusetts system president effective July 1, 2015. Tramuto will also be recognized at the annual commencement eve celebration on Friday, May 15, at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. The commencement eve program has raised millions of dollars for student scholarships since 2008.
“The university is proud to present Donato Tramuto with its highest honor in recognition of his numerous achievements, especially his commitment to healthcare access and quality and furthering the life sciences industry through leadership, innovation, motivation, mentorship and philanthropy,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, noting Tramuto’s accomplishments as a global healthcare activist, social entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Tramuto, who founded and currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Reading-based Physicians Interactive, a leading provider of insight-driven digital engagement solutions for healthcare professionals and consumers, will be honored alongside Emmy and Grammy award-winning actor LaVar Burton, as well as other thought leaders who have demonstrated a strong commitment to societal improvement within their respective fields.
“UMass Lowell has earned its reputation as one of the state’s leading life sciences research institutes, so I am deeply honored by this acknowledgement of the alignment between their mission and the work I do to ensure that people around the globe, no matter their economic status, have equal access to high quality healthcare,” Tramuto said.
Tramuto is also the founder of Health eVillages, a non-profit organization in partnership with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights that brings state-of-the-art mobile technology with embedded, trusted medical content to the most remote areas of the world. In 2014, he received the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award, alongside recipients Tony Bennett, Hillary Clinton and Robert De Niro, in recognition of his three decades of commitment to social change by advancing healthcare and human rights around the world.
In 2001, Tramuto created the Ogunquit-based Tramuto Foundation, which has distributed annual college scholarships in his home state of Maine, in addition to financial grants supporting health, education and other non-profits. Tramuto also serves on several executive leadership boards including Boston University’s School of Public Health; The Brown University Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership Board; The York Community Hospital Board; The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Leadership Council; and is chairman of the Board of The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe (RFK Europe). He is also the Chairman of the Board of Healthways, a NASDAQ-traded company. In Ogunquit, Maine, Tramuto is the owner of two local restaurants and The Inn on Shore Road.
About UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its more than 17,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. www.uml.edu
About Physicians Interactive
Headquartered in Reading, Mass., Physicians Interactive (PI) aspires to use the power of worldwide networks of healthcare professionals and life sciences companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine for the better. PI’s value proposition is to offer the life science industry a low-cost, virtual, multi-channel marketing approach that can be used to supplement currently promoted products, as well as non-promoted and orphaned products, that deliver benefits to physicians and patients. A key focus is providing services that fit into physicians’ and healthcare professionals’ daily workflow at the point-of-care when they make diagnosis, treatment and prescribing decisions. More information can be found at www.PhysiciansInteractive.com.
Jane Lane, Phillip Johnston & Associates for Physicians Interactive
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