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The Ogden C. Bruton Lectureship

​​​​Ogden C. Bruton Endowment – Established 1969
Section on Uniformed Services
This award was established to honor Odgen C. Bruton, MD, FAAP, who discovered the immunodeficiency disease bearing his name and organizer of the first pediatric residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. For all those who knew him, “The patient is first, and last, always.” This endowment provides an honorarium of $500 and a plaque to a prominent speaker for the AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) to be selected by the SOUS program committee.

History of the Ogden C. Bruton Lecturship
In 1980, Colonel Ogden C. Bruton, MC, Ret, USA, contacted Gerald Hughes, MD, Secretary, and Director of Division of Continuing Education of the AAP, to offer his support of a speaker for the SOUS (formally Section on Military Pediatrics) annual program. He requested that a $500 honorarium and certificate be awarded to a pediatrician local to the meeting site or someone who would already be attending the meeting as he did not wish to include travel expenses in the lectureship fund. While Dr Bruton intended for the fund to become self-perpetuating, the Academy advised him that it would take several years until the fund could reach the point where it would provide enough interest to support the honorarium and certificate. Dr Bruton contributed to the fund during those first years in increments of approximately $2,000 a year.

After searching through previous AAP Board of Directors and the SOUS meeting minutes, no reference to an official approval of the “Ogden C. Bruton Lectureship" was found. However, an AAP archivist speculated that at the time the fund was established, such approval may not have been required and that it may have been brought before the Council on Sections. Historical documents are not available.

The first Ogden C. Bruton Lecturship, then referred to as “Keynote Speaker," was delivered at the Section program during the 1980 NCE in Detroit, MI. In 1986, the award was referred to as the “Ogden Bruton Lectureship” for the first time. In an effort to maintain the Ogden Bruton Lectureship as a true honorarium, the Section Chair created a section policy that the awardee would be reimbursed for travel, food, and lodging for the nights before and after the Ogden Bruton Lectureship, if these expenses were not already met by another source. 

By 1996 the lectureship recipient received a no-cost registration for the NCE, airfare, 2 nights hotel, meals, incidental expenses, and a $300 honorarium. The 1996 “Awards and Lectureships” page of the annual meeting program indicates that the lectureship is “supported by an educational grant from Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories.” Memos from 1998 indicated the Section was interested in seeking outside sponsorship.

Finally, in his initial conversations with Academy Dr Bruton suggested that if the Section is disbanded, the fund should be transferred to the AAP for the same use.

The Ogden C. Bruton Lectureship Past Recipients

​Year Recipients​ Topic​
​2017​Jeffrey Greene, MD​School Based Health Clinics
​2016Nicole Hurst, MDUltrasound in the Outpatient Setting​
​2015​Catherine Watson Genna, MD​Early Feeding Issues
​2014Thomas Burklow, MD, FACC​​​Best of the Best: Recent Advancements in Military Medicine
​2013​Not Awarded
​2012 Richard Ellenbogen, MD, FACS Neurosurgical Pearls for the Primary Care Physician
​2011 ​N.A.
​2010 Judith S. Palfrey, MD Policy Through the Eyes of the Child
​2009 William Balistreri, MD Obesity: A Matter of Mind Over Matter
​2008 Jodi A. Mindell, PhD Sleepy, Dopey and Deployed: Sleep and Sleep Disturbances in Children & Adolescents
​2007 Gary Francis, MD, PhD Thyroid Cancer:  A Model of Cellular Metastasis
​2006 George Kotchmar, MDCOL, USAF, (ret) Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus
​2005 D. Richard H. Carmona, MD Obesity
​2004 Ted Cieslak, MD Medical Management of Foreign Adoptee
​2003 Michael Shannon, MD Preparing for a Chemical Terrorist Event in Your Community
​2002 Michael Shannon, MD
Ted Cieslak,MD
Life After 9-11: What the Pediatrician Needs To Know
​2001 James Brien, DO Visual Diagnosis Around the  World (Interactive, case-based special session (2x)
​2000 Charles Onufer, MD School Health Initiatives
​1999 Not Awarded
​1998 Dr. Chris Johnson
San Antonio, TX
Review of Resources for Health Care Professionals & Parents who Deal with Children with Disabilities
​1997 Trueman Shap, MD
Naval Medical Research Unit
Lima, Peru
International Humanitarian Assistance
​1996 Arthur Elster, MD
Director, Dept. of Adolescent Health
American Medical Association
Preventive Services: What’s Recommended and Why
​1995 Sam Pool, MD Space Medicine
1994​ Jimmy L. Simon, MD
Bowman Gray School of Medicine
The Pediatric Workforce: Where Are We Going?
​1993 Robert J. T. Joy, MD, MA Only a Little Shot: Aspects of Immunization History
​1992 Arthur J. Ammann, MD
Director of Special Projects
Pediatric AIDS Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Advances in a Vaccine for AIDS: Cause for Optimism
​1991 Vincent A. Fulginiti, MD
Professor of Pediatrics                 
Tulane Univ School Of Medicine    
New Orleans, LA
From Bruton to the Present: A Remarkable Clinical and Scientific Journey
​1990 Jane G. Schaller, MD
David and Leonara Karp

Professor and Chairman,
Department of Pediatrics,
Pediatrician-In-Chief New England Medical Center
Boston, MA
Lyme Disease
​1989 Not Available
1988​ Arthur J. Ammann, MD
San Francisco, CA
​1987 Donald Ian MacDonald, MD
​1986 Maurice D. Kogut, MD
Chair, Dept. of Pediatrics
Wright State University & Wright Patterson USAF Med. Center
Complications of Diabetes Mellitus and Therapeutic Strategies for Prevention
​1985 Ralph Feigin, MD
Chair, Dept. of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
Bacterial Meningitis 1985
​1984 Virgil Howie, MD
Professor of Pediatrics                  
Univ. of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
Current Office Instrumental Diagnosis of Middle Ear Disease
​1983 Bruce O. Berg, MD
Dept. of Pediatrics & Neurology
Univ. of California-San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Current Concepts of Brain Degenerative Diseases: Diseases—A Diagnostic Approach
​1982 Robert Vernier, MD
Professor of Pediatrics      
University of Minnesota
Proteinuria: Clinical and Fundamental Mechanisms
​1981 Frank A. Oski, MD 
Upstate Medical Center     
Syracuse, NY
The Role of Iron in the Developing Child
​1980 Robert A. Good, MD
Sloan Kettering Institute of Cancer Research, New York, NY