May 25, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 21



Dr. Culotta named 2001 Distinguished Alumnus

Photo of Dr. Culotta Dr. Stanley Culotta stands in front of the Holy Cross Family Health Pavilion, which he helped found after graduating from the Health Science Center.

Dr. Stanley Culotta, a 1978 graduate of the Medical School, recently was named the school's 2001 Distinguished Alumnus. The Medical School's Alumni Association board of directors selected Dr. Culotta for the honor. The purpose of the award is to recognize the outstanding contributions of a Medical School graduate in the areas of patient care, basic research, clinical research and/or health services administration. Honorees demonstrate the high principles of the medical profession.

"This honor is a surprise," said Dr. Culotta, also a Catholic brother. "It is very meaningful to have my peers recognize my work."

Dr. Culotta is the principal of Holy Cross High School, the only Catholic college preparatory school on the West Side of San Antonio. For more than 40 years Dr. Culotta has served in various teaching and administrative positions at the school.

Under his leadership, Holy Cross High School has gone from a small all-male school in financial trouble and on the brink of closure to a thriving school for young men. Dr. Culotta was determined to keep the school open and affordable so that West Side students could have access to a college preparatory education. He involved faculty, students, parents and philanthropists, including Grammy award-winner Vikki Carr, in fund-raising efforts.

Not only did he help rescue the school from possible closure, Dr. Culotta enhanced the medical care offered in the community surrounding it. After completing medical school at the Health Science Center, Dr. Culotta in 1981 opened the Holy Cross Clinic, a storefront family practice clinic three-quarters of a mile from Holy Cross High School. Four years later, with the help of the Sisters of Holy Cross, and alumni of Holy Cross High School who had since graduated from medical school, Dr. Culotta's small clinic expanded to become the outpatient service named Holy Cross Family Medical Center. The center now operates two locations, one on the West Side and one on the Northwest Side of town. The clinics daily provide medical services to more than 60 people, including children, the elderly and low-income families.

Dr. Culotta is preparing for a capital campaign to finance the building of a multi-million-dollar campus scheduled to open in 2005. The campus will replace the existing Holy Cross buildings.

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Culotta holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio, St. Edward's University of Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his residency training at McAllen Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Culotta has received numerous awards, including the Holy Cross Man of the Year Award, the Holy Cross Alumni Association's Humanitarian Award, the Jefferson Award, the St. Edward's University Distinguished Alumnus Award and the San Antonio Association of Life Underwriters O.P. Schnabel Memorial Public Service Award. In 1999 Dr. Culotta was one of 10 educators in the nation to be named "An American Hero in Education" by Reader's Digest magazine.