George Giacoia, MD has been named the 2018 recipient of the Sumner J. Yaffe Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The Award recognized significant and sustained contributions toward the improvement of children’s health thought the expansion of the field of pediatric pharmacology and therapeutics.
Dr. Giacoia is currently the Program Director of the Pediatric Clinical and Developmental Pharmacology Training Network at the Eunice Kennedy Shiver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a division of the National Institutes of Health. He is also the Program Director for the US Pediatric Formulations Initiative, a program he helped develop. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Program Director for the Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit Network, also a program he initiated. During his distinguished 20-year career at the NIH, Dr. Giacoia developed the US Pediatric Therapeutics Initiative under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA). He also spearheaded the Newborn Initiative in partnership with the FDA.
Prior to his service at the NICHD, for nearly 20 years Dr. Giacoia was a Professor of Pediatrics and Division Head of Neonatology and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa, and Director of the Eastern Oklahoma Perinatal Center at St. Francis Hospital. He also was the Director of the Division of Neonatology and Buffalo Children’s Hospital. Dr. Giacoia was a physician and Director of Nurseries at DeWitt Army Hospital, Baltimore City Hospitals, and Johns Hopkins Hospitals. In addition to serving on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Giacoia has held faculty appointments at Georgetown University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Giacoia is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Associate Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. He is a member of the Drug Information Association and the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Giacoia has received two NICHD Merit Awards.
The 2018 Yaffe Award Lecture will be given during the 27th Annual PPAG Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT on April 27, 2018.
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