University of Vermont

214th Commencement Ceremonies - May 16 and 17, 2015

College of Medicine

213th Commencement
College and School Ceremony Information

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College of Medicine Ceremony

Speaker: Lewis R. First, M.D.

Chairman and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Chief of Pediatrics, Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and Physician Leader, Children's Health Care Service at Fletcher Allen Health Care

Dr. Lewis First received his B.A., M.D., and M.S. in Epidemiology from Harvard University. He did his residency at Boston Children’s Hospital followed by a fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics. In 1994 Dr. First, a general academic pediatrician, left Boston to become Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, a position he currently continues to hold. From 2003 to 2008, he also served as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, a position he gave up when he became editor-in chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics, a position he continues to hold today. In 2011 and continuing into 2015, he was also elected chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) having served the organization since 1995 and been a member of their Executive Board since 2005.

On a local and national level, Dr. First has won numerous teaching awards including the AAMC’s Robert J. Glazier Distinguished Teacher Award (2002), AAP's National Medical Education Award (2007) and the Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award from the Academic Pediatric Association (2007). He has authored several dozen peer reviewed publications and co- edited five textbooks, the most recent being the 22nd edition of Rudolph’s Pediatrics (2011). In addition, Dr. First offers medical advice to parents entitled “First with Kids” on weekly radio and television news segments as well as in multiple community newspapers throughout Vermont.

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