Constantino Receives Woerner Kollmorgen Award

Nazareth College is pleased to honor the recipient of this year’s Woerner Kollmorgen Award, Dr. Richard Constantino, for his professional accomplishments and community service. The award recognizes individuals who have made notable contributions to the Rochester community in enhancing the quality of life for its members.

Constantino received his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1978. Since completing his residency, he has worked at Rochester General Hospital (RGH) as a physician in successively higher professional appointments, culminating in the role of president of RGH and senior vice president of ViaHealth; it is said he went from resident to president in 14 years. During that time, he was pivotal in driving hospital innovations and initiatives and in earning RGH national accolades.

For many years, he has been deeply involved in his community, bringing his energy to endeavors ranging from community fundraising to youth athletics. His local service has included the board of directors for Foodlink, Mercy Flight, School to Work Program, Healthcare Workers Shortage, Franklin High School Blue Ribbon Commission, and Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes. He has taught at the University of Rochester School of Medicine since 1995, receiving the Napadano Award for internal medicine resident teaching in 2010 and a promotion to Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in 2011.

In recognition of his professional accomplishments and community service, Dr. Constantino has received numerous awards, including St. Mary’s School 150 Year Award, the Italian Civic League Award, the RGH Foundation Award, the St. John Fisher College Alumni of Distinction and Humanitarian Award, the Rochester Business Journal Healthcare Achievement Award, the Rochester Academy of Medicine Distinguished Service Award, the Saathi Recognition from Rochester’s Indian community, the Catholic Charities Sharing the Light Award, the Vincent Lombardi Lodge and Sons of Italy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rochester Ad Council RISE Chairman’s Award, the School to Work 25th year award, the Rochester Educational Foundation Award, and the Rochester Business Journal Association of Fundraising Professionals Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising. In 2012, the patient access center at Rochester General Hospital was named in his honor.

His hard work and dedication make Dr. Constantino a deserving recipient of the prestigious Woerner Kollmorgen Award. Previous award winners include Gary Rogers, Walter Cooper, Ph.D., Robert Wayland-Smith, J. Christine Wilson, Justin Vigdor, T. Franklin Williams, M.D., and Carter Catlett Williams, C.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Jane and Richard Constantino

Jane and Dr. Richard Constantino