The 76th Annual Babies Hospital Alumni Day took place on Friday, April 25, 2014. The 36th Annual Hattie Alexander Lecture, “Pertussis: What are we going to do about Increasing Disease?” was delivered by Kathryn Edwards, MD, the Sara H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics and the Director of the Vaccine Research Program at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
The Babies Hospital Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Dr. Michael Katz, Reuben S. Carpentier Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics from 1976 until 1992.
The Alumni Day Luncheon and business meeting followed in the P&S Faculty Club.
Other awards presented at Alumni Day included:
- Edward C. Curnen, Jr. Award: Cristina Fernandez, MD, MPH
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: Zeena Audi
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: Eva Cheung, MD
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: Tamara Kalhan, MD
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: Kerice Pinkney, MD
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.
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