School of Health Professions Distinguished Alumnus Award
The highest honor bestowed by the SHP Alumni Association is presented annually during Homecoming to one alumnus who has made major contributions to the health profession through commitment of excellence, research, education, community service and leadership roles.


2018 Recipient
Marco Rodriguez, OTR ('92)

Rodriguez, Marco

Marco Rodriguez is a registered occupational therapist and Chief Executive Officer for M&D Legacy, PLLC and Transformations Rehabilitation Services in El Paso, Texas.  He  is recognized for being a pioneer for shifting the perception for children diagnosed as neurologically a-typical and developing outpatient rehabilitation services for corrective therapeutic treatment.  In the past 5 years, his company has served over 950 families and is quickly becoming the top outpatient rehab facility in west Texas and southern New Mexico.  As a philanthropist, Mr. Rodriguez has provided over $1 million of therapeutic services to families unable to pay.



Nominations are accepted through March each year. The 2019 application window has closed.  The winner will be announced at Homecomiong on October 18, 2019. 


View a historical list of School of Health Professions alumni who have received the Distinguished Alumnus Award dating back to 1982.