The 75th Annual Babies Hospital Alumni Day took place on Friday, April 26, 2013.
The day began with a short lecture series given by two of our own Infectious Diseases faculty, Philip LaRussa, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, and Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, and former resident, chief resident and faculty Anupman Kharbanda, MD, MSC, Research Director of Emergency Services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
The 35th Annual Hattie Alexander Lecture was given by Dr. Martin Blaser, Professor of Microbiology and Director of the Human Microbiome Program at NYU School of Medicine. Click here to watch a video of the lecture.
The Babies Hospital Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Dr. John M. Driscoll, Jr., Reuben S. Carpentier Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics from 1992 thru 2007.
Other awards given out at Alumni Day include:
- Edward C. Curnen, Jr. Award: Daniel Stephens, MD (3rd year resident)>
The Edward C. Curnen Jr. Award was established by Dr. Curnen’s colleagues to honor the house officer who best exemplifies the ideas of humane and compassionate patient care that Dr. Curnen so manifestly displayed during his long and distinguished career in pediatrics.
- William Perry Watson Prize: Colleen Kays (P&S medical student)
The William Perry Watson Prize is the oldest award in the Department of Pediatrics. Established in 1922 by a gift from Dr. Watson, the prize is awarded annually to the member of the graduating class “showing the most valuable work in the study of the diseases of infants and children during his or her regular courses”. Dr. Watson was a graduate of the P&S Class of 1878 and went on to become the Medical Director of the Prudential Life Insurance Company.
- Rustin McIntosh Fellowship: David Sparling, MD, PhD (Endocrine Fellow)
Dr. Rustin McIntosh was Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Service from 1933-1960. During his tenure, Dr. McIntosh fostered a “spirit of doubt and need for inquiry” that led to breakthroughs in the treatments of many childhood diseases. The Rustin McIntosh Fellowship honors a pediatric postgraduate fellow who best exemplifies these attributes.
- Milton Singer Memorial Fellowship: Thomas Hooven, MD (Neonatology Fellow)
The Milton Singer Memorial Fellowship is presented to talented physicians who have completed their residency in pediatrics and who are planning a career in research in children's illnesses that held a special interest to Dr. Singer, particularly cerebral palsy and prematurity.
- Metropolitan Fund Fellowship: David A. Gass, MD – (Hem/Onc/Stem Cell Fellow)
The Metropolitan Fund Fellowship was established in the Division of Hematology/Oncology in 1986 in memory of former fellow Susan Furberg who died during her fellowship year. This award is presented annually to a fellow demonstrating excellence in the field of hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation.
Click through a slideshow of photos from the day's events below: