University of Vermont

215th Commencement Ceremonies - May 21 and 22, 2016

214th Commencement
College and School Ceremony Information

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College of Medicine

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College of Medicine Ceremony

Speaker: Vito D. Imbasciani, Ph.D., M.D.’85

Vito D. Imbasciani, Ph.D., M.D.’85, is a urologic surgeon at Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Los Angeles, California, serves as chief medical officer for the California State National Guard, and is a member of the California Medical Association’s board of trustees. An officer in the medical corps of the U.S. Army for more than 28 years and a veteran of two wars, Imbasciani completed four active duty tours in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Imbasciani has a long history as an advocate for such issues as health care reform, veteran medical programs and improved public health policy. Despite this service, he was unable to acknowledge or discuss his gay status throughout his military career, and therefore, unable to have his spouse or children onsite upon departure for deployments or returning home from war. In June 2012, he was selected to introduce President Barack Obama at a fundraising event in Los Angeles, Calif. While delivering his remarks, Imbasciani, whom the president recognized as a source of inspiration for his 2010 repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, said “thanks to the unyielding efforts of President Obama, I can serve my country openly and proudly, with my family at my side.”

Imbasciani recently established with his spouse, George DiSalvo, the Imbasciani-DiSalvo LGBTQ Lectureship Endowed Fund at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The fund aims to ensure the preparation of culturally-competent physicians who can provide medical care and prevention services that are specific to LGBTQ populations.

In addition to his M.D., Imbasciani holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University and was a Fulbright Scholar recipient. Prior to attending medical school, he served as a professor of music history at Middlebury College. He currently serves the University of Vermont College of Medicine as a Class Agent.

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