The American Pediatric Society is pleased to announce
Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney as the 2013 APS Howland Medal Awardee.

The invitations to attend the APS Members' Dinner in Honor of Dr. McAnarney
will be sent later this month, with an rsvp deadline of March 15.
The dinner will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel-Washington DC on Sunday May 5, 2013.

A photograph and biography of Dr. McAnarney are provided below.


 
Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney - click to enlarge image
2013 JOHN HOWLAND AWARD RECIPIENT

Elizabeth R. McAnarney, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics, and Chair Emerita of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her primary academic focus is the creation of substantive clinical research examining whether the stage/age of adolescence is associated with poor health outcome for the adolescent and in the case of adolescent pregnancy, for the adolescent mother and her child. She has been involved in all aspects of academic pediatrics at the University of Rochester and has guided generations of Rochester trainees and faculty. Dr. McAnarney was born in New York City and took her first train ride at two weeks of age from New York to the family home in Watkins Glen, New York and lived there until leaving for college.


Dr. McAnarney received the A.B. Degree from Vassar College in 1962, the M.D. Degree (cum laude) in 1966 and the honorary D.Sc. in 2005 from the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (Syracuse) where as a first-year student she met Dr. Julius Richmond then Chair of its Department of Pediatrics. She completed a pediatric internship and assistant residency at Syracuse in 1968 followed by a two-year fellowship in Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, the latter recommended by Dr. Richmond. On completing her fellowship at Rochester, she became director of the adolescent program and remained for 22 years until becoming the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong (1993-2006). During her tenure as Chair, she oversaw the growth of all aspects of the pediatric academic programs and secured the designation of and growth of the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. She was the Acting Dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry from June 1, 2009 - March 1, 2010.

Her research teams have focused on the biospsychosocial aspects of adolescent pregnancy and more recently, restrictive anorexia nervosa. Clinical sites are utilized as clinical laboratories to explore the effects of young maternal age on morbidity/mortality related to each condition and to alter clinical care based on data and then study those outcomes. New technology over the past several decades in obstetric imaging (in the case of adolescent pregnancy and fMRI in the case of restrictive anorexia nervosa) as well as improved measurement and analysis of behavioral and psychosocial aspects of these conditions have aided our greater understanding of these conditions. Major research findings from Dr. McAnarney's and her colleagues' adolescent pregnancy studies challenged the long-held belief that young maternal age placed the young mother and her child at biologic risk. They reported that routine, adolescent-oriented biopsychosocial prenatal care and followup resulted in excellent outcomes for both mothers and children comparable to adult women. Her group, also, challenged the national recommendation that greater maternal weight gain for the youngest of adolescents (hypothetically to decrease low birth weight of the infants of very young mothers) was warranted. In fact, greater weight gain places both the young mother and her infant at risk of later overweight, a morbidity raised initially by her research team. The initial recommendation has since been withdrawn. Current work on anorexia nervosa has found a potential neurocognitive endophenotype of restrictive anorexia nervosa, set shifting, is worse in adolescents with the condition compared to controls that may have major implications for clinical care. Dr. McAnarney is the author or co-author of nearly 150 papers and chapters and is chief editor of the Textbook of Adolescent Medicine (1993).

Dr. McAnarney was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in 2000 and was appointed Chair, Interest Group 07 on Maternal and Child Health and Human Development (2011-2013) and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1998. She was President of the American Pediatric Society (2004-2005), and President of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (1999-2001). She was President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. McAnarney was elected to the Society for Pediatric Research in 1981 and the American Pediatric Society in 1984. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1972. She was a member of the National Advisory Board of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and the FDA's Fertility and Maternal Health Drugs Advisory Committee; she has served on several National Institutes of Health special study sections. Dr. McAnarney was a member of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (2000-2004) and was on the Advisory Board of the Pfizer Scholars Program for Faculty Development from 2001-2003 and a member of the national Board of Directors of the Children's Miracle Network for five years.

Dr. McAnarney has been actively involved in the Rochester, New York community and has served on several local boards over the years. She is co-chair of the current Golisano Children's Hospital capital campaign. She most enjoys visits to the idyllic Finger Lakes' region of New York State and to her family home. Further, she enjoys history from 1930 to the present, amateur photography, listening to classical music, walking, enjoying life, and working with many others in many different communities to make the world a better place for all children.

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