Columbia pediatricians, Anne Gershon and Richard Polin, awarded top honors

ren's Care Center at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. She and a dedicated staff of colleagues have cared for more than 200 children with HIV/AIDS and their families since 1989. She is also an attending physician at the hospital. Dr. Gershon will become vice president of IDSA later this year and will assume the helm of the organization in 2008.

Dr. Gershon is the author of more than 250 publications and she has edited 11 books. She lectures nationally and internationally, most often regarding varicella and zoster vaccines.

Dr. Polin, professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Neonatology within the Department of Pediatrics, and director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, is renowned for his work on developmental immunology and neonatal immunity. He helped oversee a recent clinical trial showing that a head cooling device known as the "Cool Cap" can prevent brain damage in oxygen-deprived newborns, yielding the first conclusive evidence that many birth-related neurological problems can be reversed.

Dr. Polin has edited more than 17 textbooks. He lectures extensively nationally and internationally and for more than 10 years has run annual courses for Eastern European Neonatologists on behalf of the American Austrian Foundation.

Dr. Polin received his honor from the AAP at its national conference in Atlanta. The special presentation of the Neonatal Education Award in Perinatal Pediatrics, designed to recognize an individual who has made outstanding and enduring contributions to excellence in neonatal and perinatal medicine, was presented by Dr. Driscoll during the AAP's Section on Perinatal Pediatrics.


Contact: Elizabeth Streich
Columbia University Medical Center

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