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UC CAI's Abbas Ardehali awarded the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

 

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Dr. Abbas Ardehali, a professor of surgery and medicine in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.

The medals are awarded annually to a group of distinguished U.S. citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service. These are individuals who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions and values of their ancestry while exemplifying the values of the American way of life, and who are dedicated to creating a better world.

Since it was established in 1986, the Ellis Island Medal has been officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards. Past recipients have included six U.S. presidents, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as such notables as  Frank Sinatra, Lee Iacocca, Quincy Jones, Muhammad Ali, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, Louis Zamperini and Rosa Parks.

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