University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - May Commencement

Judith Buechner

Honorary Degree Recipient

John P. Tampas
Doctor of Science

Dr John TampasFor half a century, John Tampas, M.D. '54 (UVM '51), has trained countless students and residents in radiology, his chosen specialty. For 26 of those years he led his department as chair, developing a reputation as a fair and capable leader. And outside the classroom, he has shown tireless dedication to his alma mater, playing key roles on numerous alumni committees. All told, his legacy at the College of Medicine spans half of the twentieth century and continues into the twenty-first.

Dr. Tampas received his B.S. from UVM in 1951 and graduated from the College of Medicine in 1954. After fellowships in cardiac and pediatric radiology, he joined the UVM faculty in 1962 as an assistant professor of radiology, beginning a long and distinguished career as a teacher and mentor. He became department chair in 1970 and served in that role until 1996. Dr. Tampas was twice named UVM Teacher of the Year by medical students and received the Karl Jefferson Thomas Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1969 and 1975.

In addition to practicing as a radiologist at Fletcher Allen Health Care and teaching medical students, Dr. Tampas has given selflessly of his time as a dedicated alumnus. He has served the Medical Alumni Association for decades, serving as president from 1980-1982 and for many years as executive secretary, a position he continues to hold. He chaired the Medical Planned Giving Committee for six years and continues to serve on the Medical Awards Committee. Dr. Tampas’ influence extends beyond the College of Medicine as well: He has served as president of the American College of Radiology and of the American Roentgen Ray Society, and has been honored with gold medals from both organizations.

In 1995, the Medical Alumni Association bestowed on Dr. Tampas its highest honor: the A. Bradley Soule Award. Given to alumni whose loyalty and dedication to the College of Medicine most emulate those qualities found in its first recipient, A. Bradley Soule, M.D. '28, the award was especially meaningful to Dr. Tampas, for whom Dr. Soule was a mentor and a friend. Dr. Soule served as chair of the Department of Radiology for 34 years; Dr. Tampas succeeded him in that position.

In 2005, Dr. Tampas and his wife, Kathryn, made a gift for an endowed faculty position in his beloved department. In a tribute fitting Dr. Tampas’ impact as a teacher, faculty in the Department of Radiology—many of whom were trained by Dr. Tampas—were inspired to fund a second endowed faculty position. Called the A. Bradley Soule, M.D. '28 and John P. Tampas, M.D. '54 Green & Gold Professor of Radiology, the position recognizes the contributions of both men and their legacies at the College of Medicine.

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