Class of 1952 radiologist funds endowed scholarship for Medical College students
Orlando L. Manfredi, MD ’52, was only 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. During two years aboard the USS Briareus, he met a physician whom he still credits as his mentor. More than 60 years later, Dr. Manfredi has created a scholarship fund to honor the man who introduced him to medicine and to help future doctors fulfill their ambitions.
The Dr. and Mrs. Orlando L. Manfredi Endowed Scholarship Fund was established at The Medical College of Wisconsin with philanthropic gifts honoring the late Charles F. Snopek, MD, who was senior medical officer on the Briareus. Dr. Manfredi said “he was a great teacher and a wonderful human being.”
Motivated by Dr. Snopek, Dr. Manfredi began his journey toward a career in radiology with undergraduate studies at Seton Hall University before graduating from Marquette University School of Medicine (the Medical College’s predecessor). His medical training led him back to his home state of New York where Dr. Manfredi established himself as a prominent clinical radiologist and educator.
Although he is now fully retired, Dr. Manfredi practiced for decades on Staten Island, N.Y. He was Chairman of Radiology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center from 1957-1999, and he founded and directed its radiology residency program from 1963-1999. For six years, he also directed the radiology residency program at U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, the birthplace of the National Institutes of Health. He taught at New York University School of Medicine – Bellevue Hospital, Wagner College and New York Medical College.
In 1989, Dr. Manfredi founded Regional Radiology, the first freestanding, outpatient imaging facility on Staten Island, which has since grown to include six locations.
“It was unique and still is,” Dr. Manfredi said. “I started this as a free-standing and therapeutic center. Because it was free-standing, patients didn’t have the hassle of going into the hospital setting and were able to go into a very attractive building with personnel at their fingertips who were very eager to take care of them.”
After retiring from practice, Dr. Manfredi served for several years as Deputy Director of Technology Transfer for New York State Institute for Basic Research where his work focused on autism. Throughout his career he had pursued research related to radiation oncology and nuclear medicine.
A Zeit Fellow, Dr. Manfredi knew that he wanted to support the Medical College and found that student financial assistance was a good fit for his interests. He used the transfer of stock totaling over $25,000 in value to fund the scholarship endowment.
“I thought a gift was overdue in the first place, and this is a good start. I wish I had done this sooner so I could see the students who benefit grow in their careers,” he said. “I had those stock certificates on the side and thought this would be an easy way to start the scholarship, simply by relinquishing them to the Medical College.”
With the average indebtedness of the 2010 graduating class exceeding $153,000, scholarships are an important but underfunded resource for medical students. Tuition for the 2010-2011 academic term at the Medical College is $41,311, but the average amount of institutional aid scholarship dollars received per student is $6,252.
“We want our medical students to focus on acquiring knowledge and experience on their path to becoming strong doctors, not on finances,” said Kenneth B. Simons, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “Scholarships ease worry about as well as actual debt, providing a dual service.”
Only 26 percent of Medical College students receive some level of institutional scholarship. Even fewer, 11 percent, receive private scholarships.
“The Manfredis are doing a great service to our current and future students by setting up this scholarship fund, which honors two dedicated doctors in Dr. Manfredi and Dr. Snopek,” said T. Michael Bolger, JD, College President and CEO. “Making medical education affordable is key to ensuring that no one with the will and talent to be a quality physician is denied the opportunity because of cost.”
A seaworthy vessel
Orlando L. Manfredi , MD ’52, served aboard this vessel, the USS Briareus, during World War II. It was on this ship that Dr. Manfredi met his mentor, Dr. Charles F. Snopek. The Dr. and Mrs. Orlando L. Manfredi Endowed Scholarship Fund was established at The Medical College of Wisconsin in part to honor Dr. Snopek.
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