By Wendy Sarubbi | February 6, 2012 2:29 pm

Dr. James J. McClelland, a College of Medicine volunteer faculty member, who studied microbiology at UCF, was honored with the college’s selection for the UCF  Professional Achievement Award at the annual Alumni Association’s Black & Gold Gala.

Dr. McClelland is an internist and infectious disease specialist who received a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialty in microbiology from UCF in 1975. He was among more than a dozen UCF alumni honored at the October event.

“I’ve always had an interest in medicine… when I looked at going into premed, microbiology is where I put my focus on,” he said.

This year’s award was actually Dr. McClelland’s second. He also received a Professional Achievement Award for Molecular biology and Microbiology in 1998 from the Alumni Association.

“It is a delight to see the success of Dr. McClelland and the fondness he has for his alma mater,” said Dr. Deborah German, vice president of medical affairs, and dean of the UCF College of Medicine.

The UCF Alumni Association awards program honors alumni for their professional achievements and dedication to serving the community.

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