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NCPeds Members Get National Awards at AAP NCE

Monday, October 24, 2016   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            CONTACT:           Heather Shepherd

October 24, 2016                                                                                                              919-604-3050




Raleigh, N.C. -- Five members of the North Carolina Pediatric Society were recently honored with awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  The awards were presented Oct. 22-24, 2016 at the AAP National Conference in San Francisco, Calif.


Graham Barden, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician at Coastal Children’s Clinic in New Bern, received the SOAPM Vanchiere Award in honor of Charles “Buzzy” Vanchiere. Recipients are practicing or administrative pediatricians who enhance the quality of care of their patients by providing educational services to all pediatricians at the local and national levels.

Dan Neuspiel, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Myers Park Pediatrics in Charlotte, received the Elizabeth M. Leistikow Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes section members who have a track record of accomplishments in teaching, administration and/or advocacy of evidence-based pediatrics and who have shown career leadership in promoting evidence-based methods to improve pediatric care.

Michael O’Shea, Chief of the Division of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, was awarded the Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Landmark Award. The Landmark Award is presented annually to an individual for recognition of a landmark contribution in a specific area of neonatology.

David Tayloe Jr., MD, FAAP, of Goldsboro Pediatrics, received the Jacobi Award.  In 1963 the American Medical Association (AMA) and the AAP jointly established the Jacobi Award named after Dr. Abraham Jacobi, acknowledged as the founder of pediatrics. He introduced pediatrics as a specialty in the opinions of medical historians. Tayloe has served as President of both NCPeds and the AAP and been very active with the American Medical Association.

Lynn Wegner, MD, received the C. Anderson Aldrich Award. The award recognizes physicians who have made outstanding contributions to the field of child development.  Wegner retired from the UNC Department of Pediatrics in March of 2014 after serving as the Director in the Division of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics for seven years. 


Founded in 1931, the North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPeds) is the state affiliate Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with nearly 2,000 pediatrician and pediatric health professional members. Its mission is to empower pediatricians and its partners to foster the physical, social, and emotional well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.