Dr. Tom Catena
Dr. Tom Catena

Dr. Tom Catena, a Catholic missionary and the only resident physician practicing under harrowing conditions in the Nuba Mountains in southern Sudan, will be at USC on Tuesday, February 5, for a wide range of programs. The USC Institute of Armenian Studies, in collaboration with the USC Keck School of Medicine, the USC Office of Religious Life, the USC Dornsife Center for Religion and Civic Culture, the USC Shoah Foundation, the USC Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, and the USC Caruso Catholic Center are hosting the guests.

“He is Jesus Christ” is how Nicholas Kristof describes the doctor in a New York Times op-ed piece.

In 2017, Dr. Catena received the Aurora Prize for his humanitarian work, which honors awardees with a $100,000 grant. In addition, the award recipients are given the unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by selecting an organization that inspired their work to receive a $1,000,000 award. The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, established in honor of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, is granted annually to an individual whose actions have had an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes.

As a guest of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, Dr. Catena will meet with USC Leadership, and will participate in public discussions with faculty and students.

At the USC Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Catena will join a conversation with Professor Don Miller and Dr. Parveen Parmar, at the invitation of the Dean of the medical school, Dr. Laura Mosqueda. The public program will take place 11am-12:30pm at the USC Health Campus Mayer Auditorium (Keith Administration Building; 1975 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089).

Following the visit to Keck, Dr. Catena will briefly meet with USC Provost Michael Quick.

In the afternoon, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies will host a “Meet and Greet with Dr. Catena” from 4pm to 5:00pm at the Institute in VKC 351 (351 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089).  Faculty and students will have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Catena on his journey from New York to South Sudan to Armenia.

In the evening, Dr. Catena will participate in a program at the Caruso Catholic Center entitled “HEALING HANDS: A Conversation with Tom Catena.” The event will begin at 7pm at the Center (844 W. 32nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007).

In addition to his public talks, Dr. Catena will be a guest speaker in various USC classrooms.

The USC Institute of Armenian Studies is proud to partner with the Aurora Prize and numerous USC Centers and Institutes to bring Dr. Tom Catena to USC to share his work with the community of students, scholars, doctors, and humanitarians.