Syed Mohiuddin, M.D., chair of medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine, will receive the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award at a Jan. 18 lunch as part of a weeklong series of events at Creighton to celebrate the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The award is presented annually to an individual who serves as an advocate for social justice and brings the community together by promoting collaboration among diverse groups.
Through Omaha’s Tri-Faith Initiative, Mohiuddin has played a vital role in plans to construct a synagogue, a mosque and a church alongside each another, along with a fourth interfaith structure. The project has gained national and international attention and praise.
Mohiuddin, a cardiologist and longtime director of Creighton’s Cardiac Center, also has worked to introduce a number of programs and services to reduce cardiovascular disease among Omaha's African American population. He secured the original funding for the establishment of Benson Community Health Center, with which the Cardiac Center continues to be involved.
Mohiuddin joined Creighton’s School of Medicine as a fulltime faculty member in 1970. He served as chief of the School of Medicine’s Division of Cardiology and director of The Cardiac Center, 1996-2007. The School of Medicine presented him with its Master Clinician Award in 1999 and Distinguished Professor Award in 2001. In 2005, Mohiuddin was named the first holder of the Richard W. Booth, M.D., Endowed Professorship in Cardiology.
In 2011, the Nebraska Chapter of the American College of physicians recognized him with its Laureate Award for abiding commitment to excellence and leading by example.