Dean Barbara J. Stoll is the 2016 recipient of the John Howland Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pediatric Society (APS).

Named in honor of Dr. John Howland [1873-1926], the award, with its accompanying medal, is presented annually by the American Pediatric Society for “distinguished service to pediatrics as a whole.”  The honor is awarded to “esteemed leaders in academic pediatrics whose significant contributions have advanced the lives of children and the profession of pediatrics through clinical care, scientific discovery, mentorship, and service.”

Dean Stoll will receive the award during the APS Presidential Plenary and Awards Session in Baltimore in May, where she will give a keynote presentation.

“This deserving honor to Dean Stoll is a testament to her lifelong dedication to pediatrics. We are very proud that she is now a part of the UTHealth family, where she is leading our medical school in its pursuit of excellence in education, research, and patient care,” said UTHealth President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D.

The Howland Award was first granted in 1952 to Edwards A. Park, M.D. Previous Howland Award recipients include Drs. Ralph Feigin and Albert Sabin.

Dean Stoll earned her medical degree from Yale Medical School and completed clinical training in Pediatrics at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and in Neonatology at Emory University School of Medicine.

Her research interests include neonatal clinical trials and the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of neonatal infectious diseases. She has spent over two decades studying the causes of morbidity and mortality among preterm and low birthweight infants, especially infectious diseases, and has participated in numerous multi-center trials to improve therapies for and outcomes of sick newborns, both in the United States and internationally.

Founded during the last part of the 19th century, the mission of the APS is to advance academic scholarship by promoting pediatric research and scholarship; serving as a strong and effective advocate for academic pediatrics; recognizing and honoring achievement; and cultivating excellence, diversity, and equity in the field of pediatrics through advocacy, scholarship, education, and leadership development. Dean Stoll served as president of the APS during the institution’s 125th anniversary year.