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2011 Eric A. Yancy, MD'76

2011 Alumni Merit Award Recipient
Eric A. Yancy, MD'76
September 9, 2011

For more than 30 years, Dr. Eric Yancy has provided superb medical attention to thousands of young patients in inner-city Indianapolis, the majority of whom are without insurance or on Medicaid. His devotion harkens to a promise made early in his life, when he witnessed disparities in health care based on race and poverty in the segregated South. Dr. Yancy vowed to become a physician and help the underserved. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge before earning a medical degree from Creighton University in 1976. He has been delivering on his promise ever since.

Dr. Yancy began his practice as a resident in the newborn intensive care unit of Indiana University Medical Center/James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, the first African-American resident at that hospital. He established a reputation as being the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave in the evening. He was named chief resident of Pediatrics in 1979.

Over the years, Dr. Yancy has taught and mentored hundreds of medical students and pediatric, family practice and obstetric residents at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and at the Indiana University School of Medicine, encouraging them to grow as individuals as well as professionals. His commitment to excellence led to his induction in Alpha Omega Alpha in 2007. Methodist Hospital twice named him teacher of the year.

Dr. Yancy is a deacon and trustee of his church, an assistant scout master and performs benefit work in community theater. He recently recorded his first album, a gospel collection he has described as a creative response to society’s move away from the spiritual values of right and wrong.

Throughout his professional life, Dr. Eric Yancy has demonstrated the Ignatian ideal of conducting his life as a person for and with others. He has lovingly cared for students and patients alike, and has excelled in striving to do more and be more for God.

It is with great pride that Creighton University bestows upon Dr. Eric A. Yancy the 2011 Alumni Merit Award for the School of Medicine.