A former assistant professor of urology at Tufts University and Medical Center, Dr. Erol Onel now serves as vice president of Heron Therapeutics, Inc., in La Jolla, California. In addition to his work, Dr. Erol Onel supports a number of charities and other organizations that make a positive impact in communities, including Goodwill Industries.
Last August, Goodwill Industries announced that it has been selected as one of the 2017 recipients of the prestigious Power of A Silver Award, which is given by the American Society of Association Executives to organizations that have demonstrated superior contributions to society. Goodwill was specifically recognized for its Executive Development Program (EDP), which helps train individuals in the skills they need to succeed as Goodwill CEOs in their particular territories.
In his comments, the president of Goodwill Industries International Jim Gibbons said the EDP program is one of the organization’s most important initiatives because it trains leaders who work directly with community individuals in need. He then recognized the program’s participants for their work in helping the organization receive the award.
A Williams College double major bachelor’s degree recipient, Erol Onel completed his doctor of medicine degree in 1992 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has since accumulated nearly 20 years in urology-based research. When he isn’t working, Erol Onel enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox only had one minor league affiliate advance to the playoffs in 2017, but that team made the most of the opportunity. The Greenville Drive, Boston’s Class-A affiliate, finished its regular season with a franchise-record 79 wins and continued that success into the playoffs as it won its first ever Southern Atlantic Championship. The team previously lost in the league finals in 2009 and 2010, but defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 8-3 in game four of the best-of-five series to secure the 2017 championship.
More than 50 players dressed for the drive throughout the season, including numerous high-potential prospects who could one day star for the Red Sox. One of the major contributors in the playoffs was second baseman Brett Netzer, a 2017 MLB amateur draft third-round pick who recorded a .429 batting average and eight runs batted in (RBI) in 28 post-season at-bats. Bobby Dalbec, meanwhile, recorded one RBI in the series-clinching game as well as a three-run home run in the previous round. He finished the season with 13 home runs and a .246 batting average in 78 games.
Erol Onel, MD, has built up a distinguished career in the fields of urology, andrology, reproductive health, and pharmaceutical clinical development. Currently a vice president of Heron Therapeutics, Inc., Dr. Erol Onel is also devoted to philanthropy, making regular contributions to humanitarian organizations such as Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Goodwill manages storefronts and donation centers familiar in most larger communities across the United States. The group translates supporters’ donations into helping individuals, families, and communities to improve their circumstances. It provided job skills training, career support, and other assistance to more than 300,000 people in one recent year alone.
But far fewer people today know Goodwill’s history.
At the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Edgar Helms set out to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities to fulfill their potential as skilled employees and providers for their families. The Methodist minister and social reformer worked in Boston’s South End. He decided that the best way to help the people of the neighborhood to help themselves was to offer them a means of working with dignity.
So, in 1902, he founded Goodwill, through which people from disadvantaged backgrounds repaired donated clothing, then sold it at prices affordable to others of limited means. While today’s Goodwill employees no longer repair the used items they sell, the basic model of offering both employment and a means of obtaining necessities for only a nominal charge remains, with everyone involved benefiting from the transaction.
American Heart Association
Erol Onel, MD, works in pharmaceutical product development for La Jolla, California-based Heron Therapeutics, Inc. The experienced urologist’s resume also includes a previous position as an assistant professor at Tufts University/New England Medical Center. Dr. Erol Onel remains committed to improving the world for others, a driving force behind his support of the American Heart Association (AHA).
The AHA serves the public as the United States’ largest and oldest organization focused on the prevention and treatment of heart disease and strokes, both of which are among the leading causes of death in the U.S. Founded in 1924 by a group of half a dozen cardiologists, it continues to fund groundbreaking new research projects and serve as a voice of advocacy for patients, families, and physicians.
The organization’s roots go back a decade further: In 1915 in New York City, a group called the Association for the Prevention and Relief of Heart Disease formed around the issue of providing more – and more accurate – information about heart disease to the public.
With its membership now totaling in the tens of thousands, the AHA continues this focus on outreach, with its website offering a wide range of articles and links to helpful resources.