New York pediatrician Robert Haggerty, M.D., is the winner of the 2004 Alfred I. DuPont Award for Excellence in Children's Health Care.
The award, granted by the board of directors of Nemours, the children's healthcare network based in Jacksonville, Fla., cites Haggerty for his lifetime achievements in pediatrics and for pioneering community health centers and carries a $50,000 cash prize.
A graduate of Cornell University Medical College, Haggerty is professor of pediatrics and chair, emeritus, of the department of pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
He also served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, and was chairman of the Department of Health Services at the Harvard School of Public Health.
It was at Rochester where he and colleagues launched a program of community-based health services for children.
"Dr. Haggerty has spent his life with a mission to improve children's care nationally, and Nemours salutes his valiant and effective efforts of advancing his vision of excellence," said W.T. Thompson III, chairman of the board of directors of Nemours, in a statement today. "He transformed pediatric training and pediatric care models in ways that still support excellence in children's health care, and to focus on patient-centered care."
Haggerty is a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is the former editor of its journal, Pediatrics in Review.
Haggerty could not be reached today for comment. It in a statement he said his greatest achievement "was my students, how they take what they've learned from their teachers, and carry that forward to an entire new generation, combining education with the development of new services for children."