The American Pediatric Society names Dr. Chris Feudtner as the recipient of the 2023 Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award

The American Pediatric Society names Dr. Chris Feudtner as the recipient of the 2023 Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award

Dr. Chris Feudtner - 2023 Norman J. Siegel Award Recipient

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HOUSTON, December 5, 2022 – The American Pediatric Society (APS) is pleased to announce that Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, is the recipient of the 2023 Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award for significant contributions to pediatric science. The award will be presented to Dr. Feudtner during the APS Presidential Plenary at the 2023 University Pediatric Societies meeting.

Dr. Feudtner is Division Chief of General Pediatrics and Director of Research at the Justin Michael Ingerman Center for Palliative Care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he holds the Steven D. Handler Endowed Chair in Medical Ethics . He is a professor of pediatrics, medical ethics, and health policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Nationally and internationally, Dr. Feudtner has long been one of the leading clinical and health service researchers in pediatric palliative care.

β€œThe American Pediatric Society is delighted to award the 2023 Norman J. Siegel Outstanding Scientist Award to Dr. Chris Feudtner for his groundbreaking research and leadership in pediatric palliative care and pediatrics more generally,” said APS President Lisa Robinson. “His work in the fields of pediatric palliative care and medical ethics has had an extraordinary real impact on the care of children with medical complexity and their families, and on the training of the next generation of practitioners and scholars in pediatric health care. We are honored to welcome Dr. Feudtner to the American Pediatric Society’s Community of Distinguished Leaders in Child Health and recognize his outstanding contributions.

The award was established in honor of one of the world’s top nephrologists, Norman J. Siegel, MD, FASN. Dr. Siegel was an exceptional teacher and mentor, who nurtured the early careers of many fellows and residents. Not only was he a leader within the medical community, but he also educated the parents of the children he treated and left a lasting impression on their families.

Dr. Feudtner has contributed as a researcher and program leader to three major areas of pediatrics and medicine: pediatric palliative care, children with medical complexity, and pediatric medical ethics. In all three areas, he not only conducted and published research, but also created new programs and policies that improved the care of children and families. In 2003, he co-founded CHOP’s first pediatric palliative care team, which won the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life award five years later. Dr. Feudtner’s MPH master’s thesis work on children with medical complexity resulted in the innovation of the Complex Chronic Conditions (CCC) classification system. In medical ethics, Dr. Feudtner began his career in this field as 4eyear-long medical student conducting and publishing highly impactful studies of the ethical dilemmas of medical students. This work continued at CHOP when he was asked to start a new department of medical ethics. In recognition of the national impact and importance of Dr. Feudtner’s work, the Hastings Center elected him a Fellow in 2014, the AAP awarded him the William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence, and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities selected it. for the Health Ethics Consultant Certification Commission.

Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Dr. Feudtner was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. Dr. Feudtner is a graduate of Princeton University and completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information on Dr. Feudtner and the Norman J. Siegel Outstanding Scientist Award, please visit the APS website.


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