Mary Patricia Nowalk (EPI '81, ’93) was presented with the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award on March 28, 2013, at the annual Alumni Awards ceremony.
This award is given annually to alumni who have made a significant contribution to the school or community through volunteer service.
Nowalk, who is an associate professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, earned her MSHyg in nutritional epidemiology and PhD in chronic disease epidemiology from Pitt Public Health. While studying, she served as project coordinator for several behavioral weight control programs for adults with Type II diabetes at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. After her doctoral studies, she worked in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology for the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study and the Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications Study.
Nowalk is principal investigator and project director for a Health Resources and Services Agency grant which funds primary medical and dental care for uninsured patients at the Matilda Theiss Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Oak Hill. She also works with PittVax, the immunization research group where she is co-investigator for numerous studies. She has authored or co-authored 100 peer-reviewed research articles. As a registered dietitian, she advises the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging on its congregate meal program.
Nowalk mentors for the Bridging The Gaps program and the medical school’s scholarly project requirement, offers annual writing seminars for family medicine fellows, and facilitates for the Medical Student Orientation Diversity Training. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Senior Companion Program, served on the Allegheny County Senior Center Task Force, and served as co-chair of the Pittsburgh NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. She has coached girls’ and boys’ volleyball and was a member of the inaugural class of mentors for the United Way’s Be a 6th Grade Mentor program. Nowalk was a coach and judge for the Pennsylvanian Junior Academy of Science for six years and has been a coach and judge in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Forensic League for 15 years.