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​Section Awards

The Section sponsors the C. Anderson Aldrich Award, and the Dale Richmond/Justin Coleman Award, which are presented at the National Conference and Exhibition (NCE). These awards recognize pediatricians and non-pediatricians for their respective contributions to the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics. These deserving recipients receive their awards annually at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition.

2015 Recipients

C. Anderson Aldrich Award

Dr. Batshaw is Chief Academic Office and Physician-in-Chief of Children's National Health System, where he also serves as director of the Children's Research Institute. He is chairman of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  

Dr. Batshaw has spent his entire career in the care of children with developmental disabilities. His research focus is inborn errors of urea synthesis, in which he is considered an international authority in development and testing of innovative therapies. He has published more than 200 articles and reviews and is the senior editor of the classic textbook Children with Disabilities, now in its seventh edition. Dr. Batshaw lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Karen, an international adoption social worker. They have three adult children.

Dale Richmond/Justin Coleman Award
Deborah A. Frank, MD, FAAP

Deborah A Frank, MD, FAAP, is Director, Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center and is the Founder and Principal Investigator of Children’s HealthWatch.  She also serves as Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. Her research interests include examining cumulative risk factors in children’s household, such as food, energy, and housing insecurity and their impact on children’s health and development.

Previously, Dr. Frank was a staff physician in the Growth and Development Clinic, Failure to Thrive Team at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, MA.

Dr. Frank received her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Radcliffe College in Social Relations and her doctor of medicine from Harvard Medical School.  She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Orthopedia Hospital in Seattle, WA and her fellowship in Child Development with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, MA.

Dr. Frank received the Children's Champion Award from the U.S. Committee of UNICEF in 1986, the U.S. Mayor's End Hunger Award in 1991, the Woman Leader Award in 2002, and the Exceptional Women Award in 2002. Dr. Frank was recently informed by a 4 year old in the clinic that she was “a grandma doctor,” which encapsulates her current role as a clinician, researcher, mentor, and advocate.

Previous Award Recipients
C. Anderson Aldrich Award recipients (1965-2014)
Dale Richmond/Justin Coleman Award recipients (1973-2014)