The Texas Pediatric Society Executive Board and Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2021 award recipients. The TPS Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation will be held virtually on September 11, 2021. Please watch your email for the annual meeting registration information coming out this summer. TPS is fortunate to have so many deserving members. We extend our thanks and appreciation to all our passionate and dedicated members who help fulfill the mission of the TPS every day.
TPS Awardees 2021
O.W. “Skip” Brown, MD, FAAP, Longview/Galveston, 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 the children of Texas and for his ongoing support of the Texas Pediatric Society. Dr. Brown served as a state and national leader while continuing to mentor and inspire our next generation of pediatricians, emulating the standards and dedication set by Dr. Daeschner. Dr. Brown lives a life dedicated to caring for children, lending his voice to improve the lives of children and the profession of pediatrics. Read more about Dr. Brown's biography here.
Rebecca Huston, MD, FAAP, San Antonio, is the recipient of the TPS Sidney R. Kaliski, MD Award of Merit in recognition of her many years of dedicated service and leadership to the Texas Pediatric Society. Dr. Huston is recognized for her career as an educator and supporter of early childhood programs, especially her outstanding leadership serving as co-chair of the TPS Early Childhood Committee (former Parenting Committee) and as co-leader on the TPS AAP Chapter Quality Improvement Asthma project. Dr. Huston continues to serve as a champion of breastfeeding and baby-friendly hospitals across the state and the Reach Out and Read program which promotes the critical importance of early introduction to literacy. Read more about Dr. Huston's biography here.
Nhung Tran, MD, FAAP, Round Rock, is the recipient of the TPS Mary Greene-Noble Special Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution and service as a vocal and effective advocate on the mental health needs of the children of Texas. She is recognized for her service on the TPS Committee on Mental Health and for her extraordinary contributions to the development of the Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN), including her continued representation to CPAN on behalf of the TPS. Dr. Tran is also recognized for her leadership during the pandemic on the TPS School Re-opening Workgroup and the TMA-TPS Mental Health sub-workgroup. Read more about Dr. Tran's biography here.
Marcial Oquendo, MD, FAAP, Dallas, is the recipient of the TPS Early Career Physician Award in recognition of his leadership and service on the TPS Committee on Administration and Practice Management and for his continued service on the TPS Task Force on Telemedicine. The TPS recognizes Dr. Oquendo for his focused care on the uninsured and underserved communities and advocacy on behalf of the children of Texas. Read more about Dr. Oquendo's biography here.
Chip Hart, Vermont, and Paul Vanchiere, MBA, Pearland, are the recipients of the TPS Distinguished Service Award for their dedicated service as advocates for the children and families of Texas by supporting the practice of pediatrics during the COVID-19 pandemic. The TPS recognizes their pro bono services, resources, guidance, and wisdom, which helped support pediatricians and their practices during these challenging times. Read more about Mr. Hart and Mr. Vanchiere here.
American Academy of Pediatrics Texas Chapter Special Achievement Awards:
Texas Chapter, in recognition of the Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect for dedicated work on behalf of child abuse pediatricians under the leadership of Ada Booth, MD, FAAP, and Natalie Kissoon, MD, FAAP.
Tammy Camp, MD, FAAP, in recognition of her tremendous support of members and outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic during her service as Texas Pediatric Society President.
Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, FASTMH, FAAP, in recognition of his outstanding educational efforts to chapter members for issues related to COVID-19 and for his leadership during a global pandemic.