Recipient Profile

1987 Mother Xavier Award Recipient

1987 Mother Xavier Award Recipient

Graduating cum laude with a Major in Biology, Anita obtained her medical degree at the State University of New York in 1950.

After several residency appointments, she joined the medical staff of Children's Hospital of New Jersey, UHMC, Newark New Jersey, in 1960. She has been this facility's Director of Pediatric Surgery from 1970-present. Dr. Falla also was an attending physician or a consultant at six other New Jersey and New York hospitals.

In 1967 Dr. Falla began teaching at New Jersey College of Medicine & Dentistry, Newark, where she was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery and of Pediatrics. Since 1982 she has been a Professor of Clinical Surgery.

In 1964 Dr. Falla became President of the New Jersey chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Falla has written numerous articles in medical and other professional journals, and she was a contributor to four published books. She also has participated in many professional symposiums and seminars, and she has lectured at international conferences in Belgium, Spain, Canada, and Central America.

In 1974 Dr. Falla became President of the New York Society for Pediatric Surgery; she also served on the Ethics Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Dr. Falla participated in Project Hope in Jamaica.

In 1985 she served as a U.S. delegate to "People to People" in Australia and New Zealand. She also was featured on a "Straight Talk" TV program on "Women in Medicine."

Dr. Falla received the Mother Xavier Award in 1987, and she sometimes returns to campus to give guest lectures at Tri-Beta (the Biology Honors Society) events. In 1998 she gave the College a generous monetary gift enabling CSE to purchase a concert piano.