Longtime Indianapolis, Ind., pediatrician Eric A. Yancy, M.D., will receive the 2011 Alumni Merit Award from Creighton University School of Medicine on Friday, Sept. 9. The award will be presented during the School of Medicine’s Alumni Reception and Dinner in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning.
A 1976 Creighton medical school graduate, Yancy began his practice as a first-year resident in the newborn intensive care unit of Indiana University Medical Center/James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children and was named chief resident in 1979. Over the course of three decades he has taught and mentored hundreds of medical students at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Yancy’s commitment to educational excellence and his profession has led to numerous awards including induction in the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, in 2007 and being named teacher of the year twice by Methodist Hospital.
He has also received numerous community awards and continues to work to advance health care for economically disadvantaged families, especially. He is a deacon and trustee of his church, an assistant scout master and performs benefit work in community theater. Yancy recently recorded his first album, “Modern Spiritual,” a gospel collection that he describes as a creative response to society’s move away from the spiritual values of right and wrong.