Dr. Kevin Lally
Dr. Kevin Lally

Kevin P. Lally, M.D., M.S., chair of the Department of Pediatric Surgery, is the recipient of the 2017 Coe Medal from the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons (PAPS).

The highest honor granted annually by PAPS to a surgeon who has practiced on the Pacific Rim who has made outstanding contributions to pediatric surgery, the medal honors the memory of Herbert E. Coe, M.D., a founding father of pediatric surgery. Lally recently received the award at the association’s 50th annual meeting in Seattle.

Lally, holder of the Richard J. Andrassy Distinguished Chair and A. G. McNeese Chair in Pediatric Surgery, has been awarded NIH grants for his clinical research and has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and over 40 book chapters. He is a former president of PAPS and served on both the Publications and Program committees. He has supervised the training of 10 research fellows, has successfully educated 11 pediatric surgery trainees, and has served as a mentor in establishing and supporting the careers of numerous academic pediatric surgeons, resulting in four successful NIH grants and numerous other foundation grants.

Lally, a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, received his medical degree from Tulane University and completed his internship and residency in surgery at the U.S. Air Force Medical Center Keesler Air Force Base. He completed a research fellowship in infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a residency in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. He also has a certificate degree in business administration from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and his master’s of science degree in clinical research from UTHealth. He joined the Medical School faculty in 1991. He is also surgeon in chief at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

He was instrumental  over 20 years ago, in creating a comprehensive, multi-institutional congenital diaphragmatic hernia database, now with over 70 international pediatric centers contributing, and in initiating the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Study Group. Using this database, the study group has generated more than 50  publications and substantially advancing the treatment of children born with this condition.

PAPS supports pediatric surgery on the Pacific Rim and has grown to 250 members, representing 23 different countries.