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Joseph, Dennis and Wiley Honored with Statewide Awards in Pediatric Medicine
BIRMINGHAM - David Joseph, MD, FAAP, FACS, Maurice Dennis, MD, FAAP, and James C. Wiley, MD, FAAP, were recently honored at the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) Annual Meeting held Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.

Dr. Joseph, a professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Beverly P. Head Chair in Pediatric Urology at Children’s of Alabama, won the 2015 Wallace Alexander Clyde Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Pediatrics from the UAB Department of Pediatrics, Children’s and AL-AAP. The award, initiated in 1984, recognizes outstanding physicians who have devoted a lifetime of service to children and their families. Recipients are chosen by a committee of leaders in the pediatrics field.

Joseph joined the faculty at UAB and the staff of Children’s in 1986. He has a special interest in pediatric genitourinary reconstruction and neuro-urology and has been active nationally with the Spina Bifida Association for over 18 years and serves on its Board of Directors. A native of Wisconsin, Joseph has an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed medical school and urology residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went on to fellowship training in pediatric urology at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and of the American College of Surgeons. He is a past President of the Society for Pediatric Urology. He is currently a Trustee of the American Board of Urology and member of the ACGME Urology Residency Review Committee.

Dr. Dennis received the Master Pediatrician Award, given each year to a pediatrician who has contributed greatly to the quality of life for children in Alabama. Dennis received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Virginia. He is board certified in pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dennis is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Association of the State of Alabama and Etowah County Medical Society and has been in practice at Gadsden Pediatric Clinic since 1976.

Dr. Wiley, who practices in Mobile, was honored with the AL-AAP’s prestigious Carden Johnston Leadership Award, presented to a member of the AL-AAP in recognition of a career in pediatrics that encompasses not only high ethical and professional standards in patient care, but extraordinary stewardship and service to the organized profession of pediatrics as a whole in Alabama and at the District and national levels of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Created in 2011, the award is named in honor of Carden Johnston, MD, FAAP, of Birmingham, who served the AL-AAP well for more than 30 years. Dr. Wiley is Chief Medical Officer of Focus-MD in Mobile, and has served on the AL-AAP’s board from 2007 to 2013, including service as president from 2009 to 2011. He also served as District Vice Chair of the AAP from 2011 to 2014.

All three received the awards at a dinner attended by pediatricians from around the state.

About the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
A 501 (c) 3 organization, the AL-AAP is the only statewide member organization of pediatricians, with more than 750 members across the state. With a mission to obtain optimal health and well-being for all children in Alabama, and to provide educational and practice support for its membership so the highest quality of medical care can be achieved, the organization has an active voice on almost every state collaborative effort that serves the health interests of children.

About Children’s of Alabama
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at