The North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPeds) recently announced the recipients of its 2019 awards for pediatric excellence. The awards will be presented at the 2019 NCPeds Annual Meeting which begins Aug. 16 in Asheville.
“Each of these individuals has made a tremendous impact in their field and within our state. We are proud to honor their achievements and thank them for the years of service they’ve given to help improve the health and well-being of North Carolina’s children and adolescents,” said Susan Mims, MD, MPH, FAAP, who currently serves as NCPeds president and a pediatrician in Asheville.
Three Duke Pediatrics faculty members will be honored with the following awards:
American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award
This award is presented in recognition of distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the academy. Specifically, it is given to honor the recipient's work in organizing and coordinating NCPeds' annual resident poster session and service as a mentor to future pediatricians.
Daniel Ostrovsky MD, FAAP, FACP, received his MD from the University of Massachusetts and completed his residency and chief residency in combined internal medicine-pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY. For the past 15 years, he has been a clinical educator and core faculty member in the Duke University Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Training Program and is currently an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics. He is also the interim section chief of internal medicine and pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics and serves as the department’s lead physician coding liaison. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Denny Katz, Simon, Tingelstad Academic Service Award
This award is given to an academic pediatrician member for outstanding efforts to improve the health and wellness of all childdren in our state.
Coleen K. Cunningham, MD, earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, followed by medical school, residency and fellowship at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. She was recruited to Duke in 2003 to be the chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and director of the Pediatric HIV Clinic. In the 16 years that she has practiced in North Carolina, she has provided care to children with infectious diseases, including those with HIV. She has participated in with State HIV Advisory Group and was honored by the state as a “Long-term HIV-Provider”. She has also worked to decrease mother-to-child HIV transmission and care of infected children through clinical research studies. Dr. Cunningham has co-authored more than 120 manuscripts, book chapters and other scholarly writings. Since arriving at Duke, Dr. Cunningham has played a major role in mentoring faculty, fellows, and other trainees within her division and across the Department of Pediatrics. She is currently vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics.
Rising Star Award
This award is given to a pediatrician within their first ten years of completion of post-graduate training, in residency or fellowship, who has demonstrated excellence in the community by contributions to clinical medicine, research, education or advocacy in pediatrics.
Gabriela M. Maradiaga Panayotti, MD, FAAP, was born in Honduras and raised in Central America and the Caribbean. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Yale University and then took a gap year to work as a public school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. She then received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and did her pediatric residency at the University of California San Francisco. While at Duke she has served in many different capacities including being medical director of both the Duke and Duke Regional well-baby nurseries, medical director of the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyles clinic (pediatric obesity), and physician lead for the Breastfeeding Task Force at Duke Children’s Primary Care. She sees patients in both the primary care and obesity clinics and is interested in advocacy work, breastfeeding, nutrition, and communication with the public through writing and other media (#tweetiatrician!).
About the North Carolina Pediatric Society
Founded in 1931, the North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPeds) is the state affiliate Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with more than 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.
For a complete list of winners and for more information about the North Carolina Pediatric Society, please visit the NC Peds website.