Charles W.Daeschner, Jr., MD Lifetime Achievement Award
James Lukefahr, MD, San Antonio, is the recipient of the TPS Charles W. Daeschner, Jr., MD Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award of the Texas Pediatric Society. The TPS recognizes his outstanding lifetime contributions to the health and welfare of children, his passion for advocating for vulnerable children, and his dedicated work on behalf of abused and neglected children.
Sidney R. Kaliski Award of Merit
Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, MD, Fort Worth, is the recipient of the TPS Sidney R. Kaliski Award of Merit in recognition of her many years of continuing leadership on the TPS Executive Board, service on the Practice Management, Mental Health, Children with Disabilities, Medicaid, and Foster Care Committees, and for her dedication to legislative advocacy and caring for children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities.
Mary Greene-Noble Special Achievement Award
Valerie Smith, MD, Tyler, is a recipient of the Mary Greene-Noble Special Achievement Award for her outstanding leadership and service as a vocal and effective advocate for foster children, for her contributions to improving the nutrition and health of young Texans, and for elevating the voice of TPS on child welfare issues.
Tracy McCallin, MD, San Antonio; Rohit Shenoi, MD, Houston; and Shabana Yusuf, MD, Houston, are recipients of the Mary Greene-Noble Special Achievement Award for their team’s outstanding contributions to the Society’s work on injury prevention and their recent drowning prevention quality improvement project, culminating in new guidelines, and an updated AAP Prevention of Drowning Policy statement which has nation-wide impact.
Distinguished Service Award
Sarah Davis, JD, Texas State Representative District 134, Houston, is the recipient of the TPS Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding service as an advocate for the children of Texas, for her work on Early Childhood Intervention, Medicaid Managed Care reforms, newborn screening, maternal health initiatives, and her dedicated and passionate voice as a vaccine advocate for our state.
Early Career Physician Award
Marjan Linnell, MD, Austin, is the recipient of the TPS Early Career Physician Award in recognition of her leadership and service on the Committee on Nutrition and Health, providing testimony for legislative efforts, dedication to quality improvement practices for her clinic, and for her effective and dedicated advocacy voice for children.
Information on TPS Awards
Sidney Kaliski Award of Merit
This award recognizes a member of the Texas Pediatric Society who has served as an advocate for children and has made a substantial contribution to both the health and welfare of the children of Texas and to the Texas Pediatric Society.
Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes a non-member pediatrician, non-pediatric physician, allied health care provider or a layperson who has gone beyond the norm in expressing their dedication and love of children.
Early Career Physician’s Award
This award recognizes a TPS member resident or early career physician for exemplary service to the Texas Pediatric Society. A “young physician” nominee is one who is less than 40 years of age or who has been in practice five years or less.