05.26.09

Brother James A. Hallock Honored



Brother James A. Hallock, a 1963 graduate of Seton Hall University and an alumnus of Georgetown University Medical School, was honored recently for his work "as an outstanding pediatrician, a world renowned leader in international medical accreditation, and ... for his service to others and the field of medicine."

At May commencement ceremonies, Georgetown University awarded Dr. Hallock a Doctor of Science degree, "Honoris Causa." It is the highest honor bestowed by the university.

The university acknowledged Dr. Hallock as "an outstanding example of the leadership a physician, and alumnus... can provide in our global society." A citation issued by the Medical School added: "As a pediatrician, Dean of a Medical School, member of numerous national and international accrediting boards and as President and CEO of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Dr. Hallock has used his extraordinary skills to strengthen the accreditation process and improve health care in the United States and abroad."

Under his leadership, the Educational Commission "developed standards for educational and clinical excellence for international medical graduates who provide up to a fourth of health care to Americans."

The citation continued: "For 12 years ..., he served at East Carolina University as dean of the Brody School of Medicine, vice chancellor for Health Sciences, and as tenured full professor. In addition, he has served on the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans ... the Executive Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and ... the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

"In addition, Dr. Hallock has served as a critical consultant to many countries in developing quality medical education and halting the brain drain of physicians from developing counties through an innovative, independent foundation to advance international medical education and research, offering creative fellowship programs and consultation to international schools of medicine. He is world renowned and recognized for his leadership ..."

Currently, Dr. Hallock is a Clinical Associate in Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and a Fellow of the Academy of Pediatrics. He has published extensively.

Jim also is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Foundation for Advancement of Medical Education and Research, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Medical Education and of the World Federation for Medical Education Task Force for Defining International Standards in Postgraduate Medical Education.

Previously, Dr. Hallock received the Jacobi Award for Senior Pediatrics from Georgetown University Medical School and was recognized as Outstanding Clinical Professor of 1976 at the University of Southern Florida School of Medicine, where he served as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (1972-1984) and Executive Dean (1985-87).

Born and raised in Paterson, Brother Hallock attended public schools there and earned a BA degree from SHU in 1963 and an MD from Georgetown in 1967. At Seton Hall, Jim was a member of the charter class of brothers initiated into NJ Phi Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity in 1962 and later served as Recording Secretary.

In addition, Hallock was Secretary of the Academy of Science, President and Student Council Representative of the Biology Research Society. He was selected to "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."

Jim and his wife, Jeanne (sister of Brother Donato La Rossa '63), have three married children — James, Jeffrey and Julie — and, at last count, nine grandchildren.

We congratulate Brother Hallock for his exemplary achievements in medicine and medical research and education.