The Pilot Medical Association held its first meeting of the 2022-23 school year on October 26, 2022, at Da Francesco's Ristorante and Bar in Shelby Township.
Its mission, as a group, is to develop and sustain relationships between alumni and current students, in order to create opportunities for both mentorship and career development in health care.
Medical sales professional and Pilots varsity football assistant coach Mark Campbell served as the keynote speaker. He is the father of Caden Campbell, DLS Class of 2024.
The elder Campbell battled a serious case of COVID-19 during the heart of the pandemic in 2020, and eventually had the chance to visit the White House to tell his story.
At the Pilot Medical Association meeting, he delivered a powerful message about making the most of one’s opportunities in life, and turning negative experiences, such as his bout with COVID, into positive ones.
Campbell founded Medkinect in 2009, and has served as the company’s CEO since its inception.
Medkinect provides an array of turnkey products and services for physicians and the medical industry.
Campbell graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, and was a member of the Wolverines’ 1997 National Championship football team. An undrafted free agent, he went on to play 10 years in the NFL, suiting up for the Cleveland Browns, the Buffalo Bills, and the New Orleans Saints.
He followed up his playing career by working in sales at Nuvasive, a medical device company specializing in surgical products for the spine.
Campbell heads the non-profit, Forward Pass, and is on the Advisory Board of the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation.
Thanks to Dr. Bradley Sabo, ‘03, and Mike Kornas, ‘11, who played vital roles in organizing the annual meeting. Along with Campbell, they each had an opportunity to address the alumni and friends of De La Salle that gathered for the evening.
Sabo and Kornas both reflected on the objectives of the group: establishing a network of medical professionals, growing the present student body’s interest in health care careers, and creating an opportunity for students to gain on-the-job experiences in the medical industry.
The night was also made possible through the support of Paul Temerowski, ‘83, and Pella Windows and Doors.
For more info on all of De La Salle’s professional alumni groups, which also include the Pilot Bar Association and Pilot Business Association, please contact DLS Alumni Relations Director Dennis Koch, ‘94, at firstname.lastname@example.org