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Riverside County Leaders Awarded

On Friday, February 1, 2013 at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, three Riverside County leaders were recognized at the Riverside County Medical Association’s (RCMA) Annual Installation of Officers.

G. Sunny Uppal, M.D., a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Riverside, was honored with the “Outstanding Contribution to the Medical Association and it’s Goals Award. ” Dr. Uppal dedicates himself to these purposes through his leadership within the medical community, his commitment to his professional associations, and by providing mentorships and financial assistance to the future generation of medicine.

Richard G. Rajaratnam, M.D., a Board Certified Otolaryngologist and Area Medical Director of Kaiser Permente Medical Center Riverside was honored with the “Outstanding Contribution To Organized Medicine Award.” Dr. Rajaratnam has been a driving force in increasing participation of Southern California Permanente Physicians in the Medical Association and involving Kaiser Riverside and the Permanente Medical Group as partners in the RCMA’s Medical Student Scholarship Program.

The final leader honored was Chancellor Timothy White, now the seventh chancellor of the California State University system and former chancellor of UC Riverside. Through Dr. White’s leadership in 2012, the UCR School of Medicine received its preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the national accrediting body for educational programs leading to the M.D. degree, becoming the first new public medical school in California in more than forty years. For his passion and commitment to bring about the School of Medicine, he was honored with the “Outstanding Contribution to Medicine Award.”

The Riverside County Medical Association was established in 1893 as a professional organization of physicians. It currently represents over 1250 physicians in Riverside County.

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