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The American Pediatric Society is pleased to announce
Dr. Michael Weitzman as the 2017 APS Howland Medal Awardee.

Dr. Michael L. Weitzman is Professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and Professor of Global Public Health at the New York University School of Global Public Health. The focus of his entire career has been on understanding the social and environmental determinants of child and family health and the means to prevent or attenuate the effects of such exposures. He received his B.A. degree from CUNY Brooklyn College, his M.D. degree from SUNY Upstate Medical Center and completed clinical training in Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical Center prior to studying health services research at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Weitzman has served as … Read full bio.

Award Information
Deadline: July 10, 2017

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John Howland Award

The John Howland Award is the highest honor bestowed by the American Pediatric Society. Named in honor of Dr. John Howland [1873-1926], the award, with its accompanying medal, is presented annually by the American Pediatric Society for "distinguished service to pediatrics as a whole." Since 1952, when Edwards A. Park, M.D., received the inaugural Howland Award, this honor has been bestowed upon esteemed leaders in academic pediatrics whose significant contributions have advanced the lives of children and the profession of pediatrics through clinical care, scientific discovery, mentorship and service. The first recipient of the Howland Award was Dr. Edward A. Park of Baltimore. History on the Howland Award (Chapter 14 from The Centennial History of the American Pediatric Society)

Nomination Criteria

Article II of the APS Constitution forms the actual basis for the selection of the Howland Recipient, which states: The objectives of this Society shall be to bring together men and women for the advancement of the study of children and their diseases, for the prevention of illness and the promotion of health in childhood, for the promotion of pediatric education and research, and to honor those who, by their contributions to pediatrics, have aided in its advancement.

Nomination Procedures

A Call for 2018 APS Howland Award Nominations will be sent to the APS membership-at-large. (APS Officers and Council Members are not eligible to submit nominations.)

The APS Nominating Committee will be responsible for reviewing the 2018 APS Howland Award Nominations received by July 10, 2017, submission deadline and selecting three (3) finalists.

The Nominators of the three (3) finalists will be notified by August 18, 2017, and asked to submit a full nomination packet, including support letters and two representative publications authored by the Nominee, by October 2, 2017.

The APS Council will be responsible for the selection of the 2018 APS Howland Award recipient at its Fall Council Meeting.

The 2018 APS Howland Award Recipient will receive the Howland Medal, a $5,000 honorarium, economy travel, hotel accommodations for up to four nights, and complimentary registration to attend the 2018 Pediatric Academic Societies' (PAS) Annual Meeting.

The 2018 APS Howland Award will be presented during the APS Presidential Plenary and Awards Session held at 2018 PAS, to include an Introduction (made by an individual selected by the Awardee) as well as a presentation by the Awardee.


Nomination Instructions

Initial Nomination(s) must be received by the APS Central Office no later than July 10, 2017, and include the following:

2018 APS Howland Award Nomination Form, including two-page Nominator's Letter (must be completed and signed by Nominator).

Nominee's current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and complete Bibliography.

If your Candidate is selected as one of the three finalists by the APS Nominating Committee, you will be notified by August 18, 2017, and asked to complete your Howland Award Nomination by October 2, 2017 (or first following business day), by submitting the following additional documents:

Support Letters from THREE APS Members. Active, Honorary and Emeritus Members are eligible to submit Support Letters; however, APS Members are eligible to write a Letter of Support for only one Candidate per year. (APS Officers and Council Members are not eligible to submit Support Letters).

Two (and not more than five) representative publications authored by the nominee.

Renomination Instructions

The ORIGINAL Nominator must send a letter and a complete Howland Award Nomination Form requesting that the Nominee be considered. It is the Proposer's responsibility to submit any and all current information, i.e., updated CV, etc. After five (5) successive years of nomination, nominations may be resubmitted to the APS Nominating Committee only after a waiting period of three (3) years.



Email to: alex.trummell@aps-spr.org - Preferred method

OR mail to:
APS Central Office
American Pediatric Society Nominating Committee
3400 Research Forest Dr., Ste B-7
The Woodlands, TX 77381

If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of the Howland Award nomination within a week of submitting the nomination packet, please contact Alex Trummell at alex.trummell@aps-spr.org.

Important Dates and Deadlines

July 10, 2017 Receipt Deadline for 2018 APS Howland Award Nomination Form/Letter and Nominee's CV
mid-August, 2017 Review Finalized by APS Nominating Committee with Selection of Three Finalists
August 18, 2017 Nominators of Three Finalists Notified and Asked to Submit a Full Nomination Packet, to include Support Letters and Two Representative Publications Authored by Nominee
October 2, 2017 Receipt Deadline for Full Howland Award Nomination Packet
November 2017 Selection of 2018 APS Howland Awardee