Medical Alumni Association

Why I Give Story

As the son of a preacher, Cornell Clark (MED’81) is no stranger to community-minded, service-oriented philanthropy. A transplant to the city of Pittsburgh from Nevada, completing his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University with a younger sister at Chatham University, Dr. Clark spent time fostering a fondness for Pittsburgh. A fondness only further enhanced by his experiences as a student at Pitt Med. Most notable of these experiences was the opportunity to conduct his research and travel, broadening his educational worldview. Financially supported in part by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine alumni, Dr. Clark was able to conduct a three-month clerkship at the Evangel Missionary Hospital in Jos, Nigeria, during his senior year of medical school.

Reminiscing on his clerkship inspired Dr. Clark to “pay it forward” by supporting the travel and research of current Pitt Med students. Each year the Medical Alumni Association Student Resource Fund helps to send students to research conferences and partnering hospital programs both domestically and internationally. Funded entirely by the generosity and philanthropy of our alumni, the MAA Student Resource Fund sends between 10 to 15 students annually to experience a defining medical journey similar to Dr. Clark’s clerkship.

Dr. Clark’s support of the MAA Student Resource Fund will directly affect the students who apply for funding, allowing for more life-changing professional travel opportunities for the next generation of medical professionals.

While he now resides in Las Vegas, Dr. Clark uses his philanthropy to foster the alumni connection back to Oakland. Continuing his community-centric work in local wellness, Dr. Clark is also the co-host and co-producer of The Health and Wellness Show with Dr. Cornell, informing and providing the public with health and medical information.