Duncan and Green Receive American Academy of Pediatrics Awards
- By Jennifer Nachbur
Two University of Vermont College of Medicine pediatrics faculty members were recognized with prestigious awards at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Boston, Mass., on October 16, 2011.
Paula Duncan, M.D., professor of pediatrics, received the Abraham Jacobi Award. This award, which is presented to a pediatrician who is a member of both the AAP and the American Medical Association, recognizes long-term notable national contributions to pediatrics in teaching, patient care and/or clinical research. The award is named in honor of Abraham Jacobi, a German-born physician who established the first children’s clinic at the New York Medical College in 1860, taught pediatrics for more than 40 years, established the AMA Section on Pediatrics and held numerous leadership positions in the field. Duncan, who currently serves as youth project director for the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program at UVM, is the immediate past president of the Vermont Medical Society and chair of the AAP Bright Futures Steering Committee. She served as co-editor of the AAP’s Bright Futures Guidelines, 3rd edition (2008) and the Bright Futures Toolkit (2009). In 2008 she received three national AAP awards, including the Executive Committee Clifford Grulee Award; Section on Pediatric Dentistry Oral Health Services Award; and the Council on Community Pediatrics Job Lewis Smith Award. Duncan’s research focuses on preventive services and the use of strength-based approaches. She received her medical degree from Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa., and completed pediatric training at Albany Medical Center and Stanford University Medical Center.
Andrea Green, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, received the AAP Local Heroes Award from the AAP’s Council on Community Pediatrics. This honor, which is presented to community pediatricians, recognizes physicians who: promote the health of all children within the context of the family, school, and community; work to address the social determinants that impact the health of children; use community resources to achieve optimal accessibility, appropriateness, and quality of services for all children; embrace community pediatrics to advance the health of not just one child, but all children in the community. Green, who directs the Pediatric Immigrant Clinic at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, provides culturally and linguistically competent health care to a diverse range of patients from countries including Burma, Bhutan, Iraq and sub-Saharan African nations. Her work to increase education about immigrant and refugee health and support the wide range of social needs of these new American children and families involves collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health, local schools, and regional outreach services. She received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences/The Children’s Hospital.