Since 1983, the University of California has awarded the Presidential Medallion to people who have brought honor and distinction to the university community. Last year, all USC staff, faculty and health care professionals were awarded the Presidential Medallion for their continued work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, for their work to advance the university’s overall mission, three members of the Trojan Family were honored by USC President Carol L. Folt at the 41st annual Academic Honors Convocation on Tuesday night. One of these distinguished employees was Susan Van Orman, MD, MMM, chief medical officer for USC Student Health.

After working in university health care for most of her professional career, Sarah Van Orman was well prepared for her role when she arrived at USC in 2017. But when COVID-19 struck, she found herself caring for the entire community’s well-being.

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