APS awards McGovern Medical School with Howland Visiting Professor Program

Howland Visiting Professor - David Stevenson

(Photos by Dwight C. Andrews/McGovern Medical School at UTHealth)

The American Pediatric Society (APS) has announced the McGovern Medical School Department of Pediatrics as one of two inaugural host institutions for the 2019 APS Howland Visiting Professor Program. The APS Howland Visiting Professor Program is a new extension of the prestigious APS John Howland Award.

The 2019 APS John Howland Award recipient, renowned neonatology leader David K. Stevenson, MD, will visit each institution, McGovern and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Duke University, to share his knowledge and experience, exchange ideas, and discuss critical issues affecting academic progress.

Stevenson will visit McGovern Medical School Feb. 24-25 for a number of meetings with McGovern Faculty and will present the Howland Special Grand Rounds on “Solving the Puzzle of Preterm Birth,” at 8 a.m., Feb. 25 in MSB 2.103.

“I am delighted that McGovern Medical School has been selected as a host for the American Pediatric Society’s inaugural Howland Visiting Professorship Program,” Dan L. Duncan Distinguished University Chair in Pediatrics Mary Aitken, MD, MPH said. “Having Dr. Stevenson visit is a wonderful opportunity for our institution to build on existing strengths and collaboration in maternal fetal health and to strategically plan for the future. I am particularly excited to have him interact with junior faculty and trainees because of his impressive background in mentorship and career development.”

McGovern Medical School and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Duke were selected for the program for their compelling alignment with the APS mission and programmatic goals to advance child health by extending the reach of the wisdom and knowledge of the APS Howland awardee.

“These institutions have shown exceptional commitment to improving the field of academic pediatrics and advancing child health,” said APS President Robin H. Steinhorn. “We are thrilled to bring the inaugural APS Howland Visiting Professor Program to UTHealth in Houston, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Duke University. APS congratulates members Mary Aitken, and T. Michael O’Shea with C. Michael Cotton for securing this wonderful opportunity for their institutions.”

Created in honor of clinician-scientist John Howland, MD, the APS John Howland Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the APS. By launching the APS Howland Visiting Professor Program, the society extends the reach and impact of APS Howland awardees by bringing the awardee directly to APS member institutions for engagement with academic leaders and early-career professionals alike. Dean Barbara J. Stoll was the recipient in 2016.

The first Howland Visiting Professor, Stevenson has made significant contributions to neonatology and pediatrics through extensive research in bilirubin biochemistry, heme oxygenase biology, and neonatal jaundice. He currently serves as the Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for maternal and child health at Stanford School of Medicine.

To learn more about the APS Howland Visiting Professor Program, click here.

The American Pediatric Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 1888 as the first pediatric society in North American. The mission of the APS is to shape the future of academic pediatrics through the engagement of distinguished child health leaders.

Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications