UCI Health trauma surgeon honored at first responders dinner

Dr. Alliya Qazi led the efforts to save the lives of injured sheriff's recruits brought to UCI Medical Center last November

September 25, 2023
attendees at the first responders dinner for uci health physician who saved lives holding awards certificate
Jeffrey Ball, CEO, Orange County Business Council; Nate Shinagawa,
UCI Health chief operating officer; Dr. Alliya Qazi, UCI Health trauma
surgeon; and emcee Vikki Vargas, former NBC4 reporter. Credit: 
Orange County Business Council.

Orange, Calif. — UCI Health trauma surgeon Dr. Alliya S. Qazi was honored at the First Responders Dinner hosted by the Orange County Business Council for her efforts to save the lives of injured Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recruits after an accident.

On the morning of Nov. 16, 2022, nearly 75 LASD recruits were on a training run in Whittier. A wrong-way driver plowed into the recruits, injuring more than two dozen of them.

Several critically injured cadets were transported to UCI Medical Center, where Qazi was on duty. She quickly coordinated their triaging and treatment. Because of Qazi and the efforts of the trauma team, the cadets who were brought to UCI Health survived.

“Dr. Qazi's accolade is not just an individual recognition but echoes the shared values and mission of UCI Health,” says UCI Health CEO Chad T. Lefteris.

“From swiftly addressing local emergencies to pioneering international medical initiatives, she exemplifies the essence of our institution. Through professionals like Dr. Qazi, our mission to ‘Discover, Teach, Heal’ becomes our lived reality.”

Qazi was honored alongside eight other first responder organizations at the inaugural event on Sept. 12, 2023. Read about the honorees.

Read more

About UCI Health

UCI Health is the clinical enterprise of the University of California, Irvine, and the only academic health system in Orange County. Patients can access UCI Health at primary and specialty care offices across Orange County and at its main campus, UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif. The 459-bed, acute care hospital, listed among America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 23 consecutive years, provides tertiary and quaternary care, ambulatory and specialty medical clinics, behavioral health and rehabilitation services. UCI Medical Center is home to Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, high-risk perinatal/neonatal program and American College of Surgeons-verified Level I adult and Level II pediatric trauma center and regional burn center. UCI Health serves a region of nearly 4 million people in Orange County, western Riverside County and southeast Los Angeles County. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.