RVU Professor LaPorta Awarded with CPEP Martha Illige Award

May 17, 2021

RVU Professor LaPorta Awarded with CPEP Martha Illige Award

[May 17, 2021 – Parker, CO] Rocky Vista University (RVU) would like to congratulate Anthony J. LaPorta, MD, Director of RVU’s Military Medicine Program and Professor of Clinical Surgery, on receiving the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians’ (CPEP) Martha Illige Award, which recognizes individuals who have helped improve the clinical skills of CPEP’s participants and, ultimately, the care of their patients.

Dr. LaPorta was recognized with the award at CPEP’s 30th anniversary celebration on April 28th for his work in the development of high-fidelity surgical simulations in collaboration with RVU and Strategic Operations, Inc. (STOPS). During his acceptance video, Dr. LaPorta noted that open surgery is not something taught to a high enough degree. “I’m very humbled by being able to help develop the open surgical simulator that has started to educate senior surgery residents and trauma surgeons, and allow us to evaluate their skills and return their skills.” 

In addition, Dr. LaPorta was recognized for this advocacy of CPEP’s work. “[Dr. LaPorta] really put forth an incredible effort in exposing us to a number of individuals who were both locally and nationally renowned in the simulation world,” said Elizabeth S. Grace, MD, Medical Director and PROBE Program Director at CPEP. “He has enthusiasm and energy that is contagious. He just keeps giving and giving.”

Kit Lavell, Executive Vice President at STOPS, also praised Dr. LaPorta on his enthusiasm for simulation as a teaching tool in healthcare education and for the impact that his work has had. “A surgeon saving a life is good. A surgeon teaching another surgeon to save a life is great. And a surgeon teaching a whole generation to save lives is priceless.”

At RVU, Dr. LaPorta oversees the Office of Military Affairs and works closely with RVU’s Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery. Dr. LaPorta can often be found at simulations involving the Cut Suit®, a human-worn, partial task surgical simulator manufactured by STOPS. Each year, Dr. LaPorta also assists in the coordination of Cut Suit Week, a week-long event that incorporates simulated disaster scenarios and mass casualty incidents that are attended by medical students, first responders and other personnel.

Dr. LaPorta retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after 26 years of service. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles and presentations on surgery, immunology, military medicine, and simulation. Over the course of his career, Dr. LaPorta has been awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Andrew C. Ruoff III Award for Outstanding Field Medical Surgeon, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and many more.


About Rocky Vista University (RVU)

RVU is a health-sciences university based in Parker, Colorado and Ivins, Utah. RVU was founded in 2006 and opened its doors in August of 2008, enrolling students in its four-year program of study leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree in the University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM). The Ivins Campus matriculated its first class in 2017. RVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association. RVUCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). RVU has also added a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) degree program and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) to its Colorado location. Rocky Vista University provides quality healthcare education while inspiring students to serve with compassion, integrity and excellence. For more information, visit


About The Center for Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP)

CPEP is a non-profit organization providing competence assessment and intensive education services to physicians and other healthcare professionals. Many of these clinicians are referred by licensing authorities, credentialing bodies, and medical liability insurers, while a smaller number “self-refer.” As an unbiased, independent non-profit, CPEP offers fairness to participants and credibility to referring organizations. From offices in Denver, Colorado and Raleigh, North Carolina, CPEP serves the needs of stakeholders in all 50 states plus Canada.



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