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2019 AAP Award Winners

October 2, 2019
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Editor’s note:The award winners’ AAP committee, section and council affiliations are listed except when they are a member of the same group issuing the award.

AAP Education Award

Council on Communications and Media, Committee on Pediatric Education,

Committee on Continuing Medical Education

Ivor D. Hill, M.B., Ch.B., M.D., FAAP

He is professor of clinical pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and section chief of gastroenterology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hill is a member of the Committee Forum Management Committee and former chair of the Committee on Continuing Medical Education.

 

 

AAP Samuel J. Fomon Nutrition Award

Committee on Nutrition

Supported by the Infant Nutrition Council of America

David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.

He is the John F. Crigler Jr. & Mary A.S. Crigler Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology.

Dr. Ludwig also is professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and professor of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

 

 

Abraham Jacobi Memorial Award

American Medical Association (AMA) Section Council on Pediatrics

Supported by the Academy and AMA

Modena Wilson, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

She is health and science officer emerita for the AMA. Dr. Wilson is the former director of the AAP Department of Committees and Sections.

 

 

 

Alvin H. Jacobs Award

Section on Dermatology

Moise L. Levy, M.D., FAAP

He is professor of pediatrics and medicine (dermatology) at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin and clinical professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Levy is a member of the Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology.

 

 

 

Arnold J. Capute Award

Council on Children with Disabilities

Amy Houtrow, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., FAAP

She is professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatrics; vice chair for quality and safety for the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; and pediatric rehabilitation fellowship director at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Houtrow is a member of the Sections on Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence, and Home Care.

 

 

Arnold M. Salzberg Mentorship Award

Section on Surgery

Keith M. Georgeson, M.D.

He is a pediatric surgeon in Spokane, Wash. Dr. Georgeson developed original endoscopic techniques and designed the first commercial balloon gastrostomy button. He is past president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association; a former chair of the pediatric surgery board of the American Board of Surgery; and founding member/past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group.

 

 

Avroy Fanaroff Neonatal Education Award

Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition

Edward E. Lawson, M.D.

He is professor of pediatrics emeritus at Johns Hopkins University and editor-in-chief emeritus of the Journal of Perinatology.

 

 

 

Award for Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children

Council on Child Abuse and Neglect

A. Bird Gilmartin, M.D., FAAP

She is the pediatric medical director at Uinta Medical Group in Evanston, Wyo. Dr. Gilmartin is a member of the Section on Early Career Physicians.

 

 

 

Award for Pediatric Innovation

Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology

Supported by Pfizer Inc.

Wilbur A. Lam, M.D., Ph.D.

He is an associate professor in the pediatrics department at Emory University School of Medicine and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University as well as a researcher in the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology and the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech. Dr. Lam also is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

 

Byron Oberst Award

Council on Clinical Information Technology

Mark M. Simonian, M.D., FAAP

He is retired from private practice. Dr. Simonian is a member of the Section on Administration and Practice Management and the Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. He is a former chair of the Council on Clinical Information Technology.

 

 

 

C. Anderson Aldrich Award

Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Barbara J. Howard, M.D., FAAP 

She is an authority on the identification and management of children’s developmental and behavioral problems. Dr. Howard is co-creator of the Comprehensive Health and Decision Information System (CHADIS), an online clinical support screening tool. She is a frequent author, speaker and researcher. Dr. Howard is a member of the Sections on Administration and Practice Medicine, and Senior Members.

 

Calvin (C.J.) Sia Community Pediatrics Medical Home Leadership and Advocacy Award

Council on Community Pediatrics

Supported by the Cal Sia Endowment

Richard C. Antonelli, M.D., M.S., FAAP

He is medical director of integrated care, medical director of physician relations and outreach medical director of the National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

 

 

Charles “Buzzy” Vanchiere Award

Section on Administration and Practice Management

Supported by Physician’s Computer Company, Office Practicum, Pediatric Management Institute, PedsOne, Remedy Connect, The Verden Group

Susan J. Kressly, M.D., FAAP

She chairs the AAP Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee. Past president of the AAP Pennsylvania Chapter, Dr. Kressly is a member of the Councils on Clinical Information Technology, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, School Health, and Telehealth Care.

 

 

Clifford G. Grulee Award

AAP Executive Committee/AAP Board of Directors

Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., FAAP

He is an AAP past president and professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine, and director of pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Dreyer is a member of the Councils on Communications and Media, and Community Pediatrics; and the Sections on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine, and LGBT Health and Wellness.

 

Dale Richmond/Justin Coleman Award

Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Betty R. Vohr, M.D., FAAP 

She is a neonatologist and pioneer in efforts to aid infants and children with hearing loss, especially high-risk infants. Her work in Rhode Island helped pave the way for national newborn hearing screening. Professor of pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Vohr is director of the neonatal follow-up program at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and medical director of the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program. She is a member of the Sections on Breastfeeding, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Senior Members.

 

Dave Berry Award

Drs. Aguilar and Percival

Section on Uniformed Services

Capt. Jessica M. Aguilar, D.O., FAAP

She is an Army Medical Corps officer at Fort Benning, Ga., where she serves as medical director of pediatrics at Martin Army Community Hospital, chief of pediatric graduate medical education and medical director of the Exceptional Family Member Program.

Lt. Col. Candace S. Percival, M.D., FAAP

She is an Air Force Medical Corps officer and program director for pediatrics at the San Antonio (Texas) Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. Dr. Percival is a pediatric endocrinologist at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. She serves as newsletter editor for the Section on Uniformed Services Executive Committee.

 

Distinguished Career Award 

Section on Critical Care

Fernando Stein, M.D., FAAP 

He is medical director of the progressive care unit at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. An AAP past president, Dr. Stein is the founding member of the Section on Critical Care and member of the Councils on Community Pediatrics, and Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; and the Sections on Administration and Practice Management, Bioethics, Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, International Child Health, Senior Members, and Telehealth Care.

 

Distinguished Service Award

Section on Orthopaedics

Supported by Shriners Hospitals for Children

Richard M. Schwend, M.D., FAAP

He is director of orthopedic research and professor of orthopedics and pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Schwend is a member of the Sections on International Child Health, Uniformed Services, and Advances in Therapeutics and Technology, and the Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.

 

Donald W. Schiff, M.D., FAAP, Child Advocacy Award

Section on Senior Members

Mary Ellen Rimsza, M.D., FAAP

She is professor of clinical pediatrics at University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Rimsza has served on numerous AAP committees and is past president of the Arizona Chapter. Dr. Rimsza has focused on advocacy and continuing medical education as a longtime board member of the chapter.

 

 

Ellen Perrin Award for Excellence in LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness

Section on LGBT Health and Wellness

Robert Garofalo, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

He is chief of The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and director of the Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Garofalo also is professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

 

 

F. Edwards Rushton CATCH Award

District CATCH Facilitators

Supported by Rushton Endowment

Karen E. Schetzina, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP 

She is professor and director of the Division of Community Pediatrics Research in the pediatrics department at the East Tennessee State University ‒ Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City. Dr. Schetzina is a member of the Council on Community Pediatrics and the Sections on Breastfeeding, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Obesity.

 

Fellow Achievement Award 

Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention

Karen Sheehan, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

She is professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Sheehan also is associate chair of advocacy for the pediatrics department and medical director of Lurie Children’s Injury Prevention & Research Center and Lurie Children’s Healthy Communities. She is a member of the Council on Community Pediatrics, and the Sections on Emergency Medicine and Obesity.

 

Founders Award

Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

Lynn Mahony, M.D., FAAP

She is professor of pediatrics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

 

 

 

 

Gerald Merenstein Lectureship

Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Sponsored by Abbott Nutrition

Seetha Shankaran, M.D., FAAP

She is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Hutzel Women’s Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Shankaran is the former neonatal-perinatal division chief.

 

Henry L. Barnett Award

Section on Nephrology

Joseph T. Flynn, M.D., M.S., FAAP

He is the Dr. Robert O. Hickman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nephrology and professor of pediatrics at University of Washington and chief of the Division of Nephrology at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He co-chaired the AAP Clinical Practice Guideline Subcommittee on Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children. Dr. Flynn is a member of the Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and the Sections on LGBT Health and Wellness, and Obesity.

 

Hillman-Olness Award for Lifetime Service and Lasting Contributions to Global Child Health

Section on International Child Health

Cynthia R. Howard, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

She is associate professor in the pediatrics department at University of Minnesota Medical School.

 

 

 

 

Holroyd-Sherry Award

Council on Communications and Media

Ari Brown, M.D., FAAP

She is the author of several AAP parenting books and practices in Austin, Texas. Dr. Brown, a former member of the council executive committee, chairs the Children, Adolescents and Media Leadership Work Group and is a member of the Section on Administration and Practice Management.

 

 

James T. Cassidy Award

Section on Rheumatology

Daniel J. Lovell, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

He is the Joseph E. Levinson Endowed Chair of Pediatrics and professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.

 

 

 

Jerome Glaser Distinguished Service Award

Section on Allergy and Immunology

Supported by Abbott Nutrition

Chitra Dinakar, M.D., FAAP

She is clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University and the clinical chief of allergy, asthma and immunodeficiency at Stanford Health Care.

 

 

Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award 

Section on Emergency Medicine

Marianne Gausche-Hill, M.D., FACEP, FAEMS, FAAP 

She is medical director of the Los Angeles County EMS Agency; professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; clinical faculty member in the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center departments of emergency medicine and pediatrics; and investigator at the Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA.

 

 

Job Lewis Smith Award

Drs. Parks and PlaxCouncil on Community Pediatrics

Kenya M. Parks, M.D., M.S., FAAP

She is assistant professor of community and general pediatrics, McGovern Medical School, and medical director at UT Heights Multispecialty Clinic in Houston. She is a member of the Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.

 

Katie Plax, M.D., FAAP

She is the Ferring Family Professor and division chief of adolescent medicine in the pediatrics department at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Plax also is co-founder of Supporting Opportunities with Teens (SPOT), a drop-in center for at-risk adolescents and young adults. She is a member of the Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care.

 

Ken Graff Young Investigator Research Award 

Section on Emergency Medicine

Supported by the Graff Endowment

Todd W. Lyons, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

He is assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. His research interests include large database studies and the role of novel diagnostics in the emergency department evaluation of children.

 

 

Michael Shannon Humanitarian Award 

Section on Emergency Medicine

Susan B. Torrey, M.D., FAAP

She is associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and director of faculty development and promotions in its Section of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Torrey also is associate director in the education division of Global Hematology Oncology Pediatric Excellence (HOPE) at Texas Children’s Hospital, which develops pediatric hematology and oncology resources in Africa. She is a member of the Section on International Child Health.

 

Milton J.E. Senn Award

Council on School Health

Howard L. Taras, M.D., FAAP

He is professor of pediatrics and a school district physician consultant at University of California, San Diego. Dr. Taras is former chair of the council and a member of the Section on Oral Health.

 

 

Murray Davidson Award

Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Supported by Abbott Nutrition

Susan S. Baker, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP

She is professor of pediatrics at the University at Buffalo The State University of New York. Dr. Baker is a former chair of the Committee on Nutrition.

 

 

Native American Child Health Advocacy Award

Committee on Native American Child Health

Allison Barlow, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.

She is director of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.

 

 

 

 

Neonatal Landmark Award

Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition

Ronald Clyman, M.D.

He is professor of pediatrics emeritus at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

 

 

 

Neonatal Pioneer Award

Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Jacquelyn Evans, M.D., FRCP(c), FAAP

She is associate division chief of neonatology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of clinical pediatrics at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

 

 

 

Oral Health Service Award (national)

Section on Oral Health

David M. Krol, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

He is medical director of the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative and the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health at Rutgers University. Dr. Krol is the immediate past chair of the Section on Oral Health Executive Committee.

 

 

Outstanding Achievement Award

Section on Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence/Council on Community Pediatrics

Ruth Etzel, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP

She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Outstanding Service Award

Section on Uniformed Services

Col. (Ret.) Thomas Burklow, M.D., FACC, FAAP

He is the deputy director of the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, The Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Burklow is the former chief of pediatrics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is a member of the Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.

 

 

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Abstract Research Award

Section on Hospital Medicine

Supported by Abbott Nutrition

Tyler Gorham, Ph.D., M.P.H.

He is a data scientist at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

 

 

Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award

Section on Integrative Medicine

David M. Steinhorn, M.D., FAAP

He is professor of pediatrics and medical director of the PANDA Palliative Care Program in the Division of Critical Care at Children’s National Medical Center.

 

 

 

Section on Infectious Diseases Award for Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Diseases Education

Section on Infectious Diseases

Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., FIDSA, FPIDS, FAAP

She is interim dean and professor of pediatrics at University of Missouri ‒ Kansas City School of Medicine.

 

 

 

 

Section on Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Advocacy Award

Section on Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Charles M. Bower, M.D., FAAP

He is professor of pediatric otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and chief of staff at Arkansas Children’s Northwest Hospital.

 

 

 

Susan S. Aronson Early Education and Child Care Advocacy Award

Council on Early Childhood

Andrew N. Hashikawa, M.D., M.S., FAAP

He is associate professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at Michigan Medicine and a member of the Section on Emergency Medicine.

 

 

 

Technological Innovations in Pediatric Emergency Medicine Award 

Section on Emergency Medicine

Sponsored by DynaMed/EBSCO

Marion R. Sills, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

She is a professor in the departments of pediatrics and emergency medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine and co-director of the TL-1 fellowship at the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

 

 

Thomas E. Cone Jr., M.D., Lecture on Perinatal History

Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Sponsored by Abbott Nutrition

Robert D. White, M.D., FAAP

He is director of the Regional Newborn Program at Beacon Children's Hospital in South Bend, Ind. Dr. White is a member of the Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology.

 

 

Thomas E. Shaffer Award

Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness

Supported by Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Miriam (Mimi) D. Johnson, M.D., FACSM, FAAP

She practices sports medicine in Kirkland, Wash., and is a clinical professor in the pediatrics department at University of Washington.

 

 

 

Thomas F. Tonniges, M.D., FAAP, Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy on Behalf of Vulnerable Children

Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care

Dana E. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP

He is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at University of Minnesota Medical Center ‒ Fairview.

 

 

 

 

Urology Medal

Section on Urology

Michael L. Ritchey, M.D. 

He is president of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital medical staff, professor of urology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and professor of child health at University of Arizona College of Medicine.

 

 

 

Virginia Apgar Award

Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Supported by Abbott Nutrition

Barbara K. Schmidt, M.D., C.M., M.Sc.

She is professor emerita in the pediatrics department at Perelman School of Medicine at

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

 

 

 

William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence 

Section on Bioethics

Aviva L. Katz, M.D., M.A., FACS, FAAP (1959-2018)

She was a pediatric surgeon, bioethicist and former chair of the section’s executive committee. Dr. Katz also was associate professor of surgery at University of Pittsburgh and attending surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She directed the Consortium Ethics Program at the university and the ethics consultation service at the hospital.

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