Local Health Care Providers to be Honored at Rose Mass for Volunteer Service

March 31, 2011

Five local health care providers will be recognized for their outstanding volunteer service and tireless efforts in serving the community’s needs. The awards will be made at a luncheon following the 20th annual Rose Mass for medical, dental, nursing and allied health care workers. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will be the principal celebrant for the Mass and Bishop Thomas Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, will be the homilist.

Sunday, April 3, 2011
10:30 a.m.
Church of the Little Flower
5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD

With the celebration of this twentieth Rose Mass, the John Carroll Society continues a tradition begun in 1992. Named the “Rose Mass,” it takes place annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (“Laetare Sunday”), a Sunday when the vestments worn by the celebrant are rose-colored. The rose has also come to symbolize “life” whose precious care is entrusted to the healing professions.

The Rose Mass is organized to invoke God’s blessings on the medical, dental, nursing and allied healthcare workers and the many health care institutions in the Archdiocese of Washington. In addition, the Mass provides an opportunity to acknowledge the splendid work of the volunteers of the Archdiocesan Health Care Network, a program of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington since 1984. This network is composed of a multitude of dedicated workers of all religious persuasions infused with an ecumenical spirit in their care of the sick, and provides millions of dollars in free outpatient services to thousands of people in need through the generosity of volunteer nurses, doctors, dentists and podiatrists and area hospitals.

The awards are given each year by the John Carroll Society, a spiritual, charitable and social organization for Washington-area Catholic professionals.

Pro Bono Health Care Awardees:
Gael M. Delany, D.D.S., M.S.D., Endodontist:
Dr. Delany was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Gonzaga College High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Fordham University. Dr. Delany graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry. Dr. Delany currently practices Endodontics in Washington, D.C. He is an Active Senator in the Board of Governors for the Georgetown University Alumni Association and served as the Founder and President of the Georgetown Dental Alumni Study Club from 2004-2008. Dr. Delany has generously donated his time and talents to the Archdiocesan Health Care Network since 1987. He has received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the DC Dental Society, the Small Business Humanitarian of the Year Award as well as the Georgetown University School of Dentistry Distinguished Ser¬vice Award. He was chair of the Emergency Task Force for the SHARE Program.
Dr. Delany was instrumental in setting up and maintaining the dental facility for the Somos Amigos Medical Mission in the Dominican Republic and has volunteered there since 2000. Other volunteer ventures include the Taos-Picuris Indian Health Center in New Mexico, the N Street Village, the Yellow Ribbon Fund and the Spanish Catholic Center. Dr. Delany is an active parishioner at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. He lives in Maryland with his wife Patricia and has five children.

Michael C. Tigani, M.D., Ophthamologist:
Dr. Michael C. Tigani was born in Washington, D.C. He attended elementary school at The Church of the Little Flower where he also served as an altar boy and received his First Communion. After graduating from Georgetown Preparatory School, he moved to North Carolina to attend Duke University. In 1979 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke with a B.S. in Zoology. In 1983, Dr. Tigani received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Tigani is a Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology at the Georgetown University Center for Sight.
Dr. Tigani has been a member of the Archdiocesan Health Care Network for many years. In addition to his service to the AHCN, he has generously volunteered his time at the Little Sisters of the Poor Eye Cinic. Dr. Tigani also volunteers at the Lion’s Clinic, a free clinic for the indigent community of Northern Virginia. Dr. Tigani lives in Maryland with his wife Dana and his three daughters Michelle, Katie, and Megan.

Hassan A. Zia, M.D., General Surgeon:
Dr. Zia received his undergraduate degree from University of Virginia where in Biology from the University of Virginia. He continued his education at UVA in the School of Medicine where he graduated with his Doctor of Medicine in 1999. Dr. Zia served as Surgical House Officer and Intensivist at Holy Cross Hospital, Greater Southeast Hospital, Culpeper Regional Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital. Today Dr. Zia, with his wife Vivian and 13 year old daughter Mariel, live in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. He has maintained his medical relationship with UVA by helping with the development and direction of the core Critical Care curriculum for fellows and medical students. He is certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care by the American Board of Surgery.

Msgr. Harry A. Echle Award for Outstanding Service in Health Care Ministry:
Sr. Deidre Byrne, M.D., POSC:

Sister Deirdre Byrne was raised in McLean Virginia, the daughter of a thoracic surgeon and graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology from the Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1978, Sr. Byrne received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1982. Subsequently, she completed an internship and residency in Family Practice at Dewitt Army Hospital, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia in 1985. She then pursued a second residency program and completed her General Surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital in 1997. During this time, she was awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society Award. She is board certified in both Family Practice and General Surgery. Throughout her training and current practice, Sr. Byrne has served in the Active Reserve of the U.S. Army Medical Corps where she attained the rank of Colonel. She has served both within the Continental United States and abroad. In 2008, she was deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She has accumulated numerous military commendation medals and awards. She has served as a medical missionary in Kenya and most recently in Haiti providing relief services to victims of the earthquake near Port Au Prince. Since January of 2000, Sr. Byrne is a fully professed member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart who perform overseas medical missionary work providing free medical care for the poor and uninsured. She also currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the Archdiocesan Health Care Network.

Cardinal James P. Hickey Lifetime Service Award:
William E. Battle M.D., FACP, FACC, Cardiologist:

Dr. William Battle was born in Trion, Georgia. He received his undergraduate and medical degree from Emory University. He completed his internal medicine training at Georgetown University Hospital, and his cardiology training at Tufts New England Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Battle has had a very distinguished career including academic appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine, Rush Medical College, and Georgetown University. He has worked at numerous local hospitals including Sibley, Suburban, DC General Hospital, Columbia Hospital for Women, and the Washington Hospital Center, and has also worked at NIH and the State Department.
Dr. Battle has been very generous with his time and talent. He has volunteered for the Archdiocesan Health Care Network since its inception in 1984. He has served on the AHCN advisory board since 1998 and is currently serving as the chair of that advisory board. Dr. Battle and his wife Kathleen have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Brie Hall
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