New Marshall scholarship for medical students promotes healthy lifestyles | Putnam News
HUNTINGTON – A newly established scholarship at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine by James W. Gigantelli, MD, and his wife, Lori, reflects their dedication to the well-being of body and soul, as well as the values committed to making food, exercise and lifestyle choices beneficial.
The Gigantellis moved in 2019 from Nebraska with their youngest daughter when James Gigantelli was appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Faculty of Medicine, according to a press release.
He is a board-trained and certified ophthalmologist specializing in oculofacial plastic surgery and leading a growing range of ophthalmology services within Marshall Health in Huntington and Charleston.
Lori Gigantelli is a dietitian, avid runner, member of several local running groups, and a yoga practitioner. For the past 20 years, she has raised their children while keeping health and wellness at the forefront of family life, the statement said.
She was previously involved in various voluntary organizations, including Live Well Omaha Kids and the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, while promoting several public health platforms. Its philosophy of wellness encompasses a personalized balance between nutrition, physical activity and spiritual health.
“The demands placed on medical students and physicians are stringent,” James Gigantelli said in the statement. “Knowing early on in your medical journey how to balance all the factors affecting your mental and physical well-being will benefit your ability to study and practice medicine. “
The Gigantellis created a scholarship as part of the school’s “Adopt a Medical Student” program, whereby a donor “adopts” and supports a student for the duration of their four years in medical school.
“Jim and I are happy to be able to support a medical student by reducing his student debt and becoming a source of support throughout his four years in medical school,” Lori Gigantelli said in the release.
“We are delighted that this scholarship opportunity extends us further into the Marshall family.”
The Gigantelli Family Scholarship is for an entry-level medical student who understands the value of a lifetime commitment to beneficial health choices including diet, exercise, and lifestyle.
First preference is given to students who have expressed a desire to effect disease prevention and intervention through nutrition. The award is renewable for up to three additional years, pending normal academic progress.
James Gigantelli said in the statement that they enjoy the people and communities of West Virginia as well as the outdoor recreation that abounds in the area. They have four children, who reside in Nebraska, Washington, DC and West Virginia.
For more information or to donate to Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, contact Linda Holmes, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, by phone at 304-691-1711 or by email at holmes @ marshall.edu, or visit jcesom.marshall.edu/alumni.