Ethical Leadership Award

In 2010 and 2011, the university presented the “Ethical Leadership Award,” which recognized those USC faculty and staff who embody the principles of USC’s Code of Ethics and the USC Compliance and Ethics Program.  These are individuals who consistently and without reservation demonstrate leadership and a commitment to ethics in their professional responsibilities at USC.

Please click on the links below to learn more about our past recipients.

2011 Ethical Leadership Award Recipients

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On June 16, the 2011 Ethical Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Darcy Spicer, Associate Professor in Oncology, Division Chief of Cancer Medicine and Blood Diseases and Chair of the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board. The Ethical Leadership Award recognizes those members of our USC community who lead by the values embodied in USC’s Code of Ethics.

Dr. Spicer is a prolific researcher, compassionate clinician and patient teacher and is deserving of this award for his work in any of these areas. But it is his leadership of the IRB and his contributions to the protection of research participants that makes him an obvious choice. Dr. Spicer brings extensive knowledge, intellectual curiosity and practical experience to his role as IRB chair. He has a clear sense of purpose and mission and will not shy away from making difficult decisions if he thinks it is the right thing to do.

In recognition of his outstanding leadership and commitment to the spirit and principles of the USC Compliance and Ethics Program, it is with great appreciation that we honor Dr. Darcy Spicer with the Ethical Leadership Award for 2011.

HSC Weekly Article

2010 Ethical Leadership Award Recipients

In recognition of Corporate Compliance and Ethics week, the university launched a new award: The USC Ethical Leadership Award. This is an award that seeks to recognize individuals who embrace the very spirit of USC’s Code of Ethics and who work to integrate the elements of the USC Compliance and Ethics Program into the work that they lead at the university.

This year’s award is presented to two individuals who have led the implementation of the USC Compliance and Ethics Program within the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. Together they have raised awareness within the school of the importance of compliance. Specifically, they have introduced and implemented: a school-wide system of credentialing for their dental providers; new policies and procedures in the areas of billing and clinical services; school-wide compliance education; and a new committee structure to best support all of these new activities.

And although the Office of Compliance has sought to be their partner, it has been through their ethical leadership that this impressive program has come alive within the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

In recognition of their outstanding leadership and commitment to the spirit and principles of the USC Compliance and Ethics Program, it is with great appreciation that the university Office of Compliance and Ethics honors Dr. Sigmund Abelson, dean of clinical affairs and Ms. Ruby Hinds, Health Compliance Program director.

2010 Ethical Leadership Award Recipients