Marjorie K. Leimomi Mala Mau with the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) was awarded the Creighton University Alumni Merit Award during homecoming festivities on September 15. Mau, one of only three women to receive the alumni merit award in the school’s history, was also asked to deliver a keynote lecture on Public Participation in Research to Address Health Disparities.
Mau is professor and founding chair of JABSOM‘s Department of Native Hawaiian Health. The first Native Hawaiian woman board-certified in both endocrinology and internal medicine, Mau is also the first woman to be selected as a master in the American College of Physicians in the state of Hawaiʻi. She is currently director of research in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health and is principal investigator of multiple grants.
Mau’s enthusiasm for health disparities research, with a special emphasis on diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, along with her advocacy for engaging diverse communities in the biomedical process and mentoring the next generation of emerging investigators reflect her commitments to public health awareness.
Winners of the Alumni Merit Award have distinguished themselves through service to the university and to his or her community in a way reflective of Creighton’s mission and values. The honorees have also established themselves as of high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideals of being men and women for others. Mau graduated from Creighton University’s medical school in 1985.
For more on Mau, go to the John A. Burns School of Medicine website.