Paul A. Wright, MD, received his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame in 1972 before attending medical school and beginning his residency in cardiology. He is a partner of the Ohio Heart Institute, a private cardiovascular medical center at Youngstown and Warren, Ohio. Paul and his wife Gayle live in Brookfield, Ohio, and have a daughter.
A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Wright founded the “Poorest of the Poor” program in 1995 to collect and distribute clothing to underprivileged people in the United States. In 2001, Wright developed the “Medication Assistance Program” to make prescription drugs more available to needy patients in northeastern Ohio.
In 2004, Wright and Dr. David Solomon, director of the Center of Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame developed a student medical ethics symposium held every semester for Notre Dame students interested in health care fields.
In 2003, Wright received the US Catholic Bishop’s Voice of Hope Award for excellence, creativity and leadership in charity and justice. In 2004, he received the Thomas A. Dooley Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association for humanitarian accomplishments.