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About Dr. St. Geme

The death of Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., MD, in 1986, removed from American pediatrics a leader with vision and selfless dedication to the ideal of excellence.  His concern for the patient and the future of health care was well known.  Certainly he was a leader in the forums addressing issues concerning the future of pediatric education and research.  It seemed appropriate, therefore, to honor his memory in a manner that would remind present and future generations of pediatricians that one individual can make a difference, and all should try, when the health care of children is at stake.

The member societies of the FOPO established an endowment fund for what is now the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award. Dr. St. Geme’s stature in pediatrics was reflected by his meaningful participation in all facets of pediatrics as demonstrated by the sponsorship of this award by the FOPO member organizations.


2019 St. Geme Awardee

F. Bruder Stapleton, MD

Dr. Stapleton is Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  He was the A. Conger Goodyear Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at State University of New York at Buffalo and Pediatrician-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY from 1989-1995.  Following his time in Buffalo he was Professor and Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine; Ford/Morgan Endowed Chair in Pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief, Seattle Children’s Hospital from 1996-2018.  Dr. Stapleton is an outstanding pediatric leader who has contributed meaningful changes for the future health care of children, the education of pediatricians, and the vibrancy of key pediatric organizations.


Immediate Past Winners

Mark A. Schuster MD, PhD, FAAP (2018)

Dr. Schuster, founding dean and CEO of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, is a pediatrician who has devoted his career to being a clinician, teacher, researcher, and leader, to improve the health and well-being of children. His work has informed significant changes in policy at local, regional, national and international levels. Known as a health services research polymath, his work in pediatric quality measurement, family leave, health disparities, HIV/AIDS prevention, adolescent sexuality, promotion of healthy eating and physical activity, and bullying have been foundational to many of the programs that now serve those high-risk populations around the country.


Carol Carraccio, MD (2017)

Dr. Carraccio is a pediatric generalist, having completed a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in general academic pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She spent 25 years of her career as a residency program director, during which time she obtained a master’s degree in education from Loyola College in Maryland. She has served in a number of leadership roles including President of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, Chair of the ACGME Review Committee for Pediatrics, and Director of the Initiative for Innovation in Pediatric Education. She also led the Pediatrics Milestone Project. Three years ago she joined the staff at the American Board of Pediatrics as Vice President for Competency-based Assessment. Her current work focuses on practical implementation of Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities in assessment across the education, training and practice continuum.


Past Winners


Criteria for the selection of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., MD Leadership Award recipient:

  1. The individual must be a pediatrician who is perceived as a role model for others to emulate, as a clinician, an educator, and/or an investigator.
  2. The individual must be a leader who has “created a future” for pediatrics and for children and has played an active role in one or more organizations sponsoring this award.
  3. The individual should preferably have a record of broad sustained contributions to pediatrics that have had or will have a major impact on child health.
  4. The individual must be currently active in pediatrics.
  5. The individual can be retired member of any of the pediatric organizations sponsoring this award.
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