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Mark L. Batshaw, MD, Receives C. Anderson Aldrich Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

Children’s National physician-in-chief honored with lifetime achievement award October 26, 2015
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Washington, DC— Mark L. Batshaw, MD, Executive Vice President, Physician-In-Chief, and Chief Academic Officer at Children’s National Health System, received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for his outstanding contributions in the field of child development and behavior. The award was presented at the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in Washington, DC, on October 24 at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition. 

“I am both humbled and honored to have received this lifetime achievement award from my peers at the American Academy of Pediatrics,” Dr. Batshaw said. “For 50 years, this award has recognized pediatric specialists whose work has paved the way for how we approach neurodevelopmental disorders today.” 

In addition to serving as Executive Vice President, Physician-in-Chief, and Chief Academic Officer for Children's National, Dr. Batshaw serves as Director of the Children's Research Institute and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.  

Dr. Batshaw has dedicated his career to caring for children with developmental disabilities. His research focus is inborn errors of urea synthesis, in which he is considered an international authority in the development and testing of innovative therapies. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and is the senior editor of the classic textbook Children with Disabilities, now in its seventh edition. 

“We are proud to see Dr. Batshaw honored for his tremendous dedication to helping children with developmental disabilities,” said Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National Health System. “His commitment reflects our mission to provide world-class innovative care to our patients.” 

The first C. Anderson Aldrich Award was given 50 years ago. The award honored C. Anderson Aldrich, a founder of AAP, who greatly contributed to what we know today about how to approach infant feeding schedules. Today, the annual award honors outstanding pediatric specialists who have dedicated their careers to child development and behavior. Previous awardees have included well-known psychologists Anna Freud, Benjamin Spock, and Erik Erikson.

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About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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