Sina Memari has been selected as one of nine recipients of the Penn State Alumni Association's 2020 Alumni Achievement Award. The award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments. These prominent young alumni are nominated by an academic college and invited by the president of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. They demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age.
Memari is an emergency physician at Silver Cross Hospital and at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Chicago, currently serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a specialist in emergency, trauma, and resuscitative medicine and also serves as a physician advisor for pre-medical and medical students.
Memari completed emergency medicine residency training at the John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, one of the largest safety net hospitals—where patients receive care regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay—in the country. There, he focused on providing essential care to the underserved and impoverished community. Memari served as chief resident and was subsequently awarded The Senior Resident Educator Award.
When Memari was a medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, he volunteered with Health Outreach Program clinics and mentored high school students. He was awarded membership to the Gold Humanism Honor Society for his excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service.
Memari graduated from Penn State in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. While at Penn State, he served as president of the pre-health honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, during which time he was honored with the Student Leader Award. He worked as a biology tutor and participated in research in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. He was also extensively involved with the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), which is still one of his passions.