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Children’s Names Dimmitt as David E. Dixon Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology

BIRMINGHAM - David E. Dixon, a long-time member of the Children’s of Alabama Board of Trustees, has been honored for his service with the establishment of an endowed chair in his name.

Dixon began his volunteer leadership service at Children’s in 1998, serving on the Board’s Research and Education Committee, Executive Committee and as an officer of the Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation. He has contributed to the community through his commitment to numerous philanthropic boards, especially his family’s foundation, the Dixon Foundation. The Dixon Foundation has a strong partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Pediatrics, including its support of the Dixon Fellowship Training program.

Reed Allen Dimmitt, M.D., is the first holder of the David E. Dixon Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology. Dr. Dimmitt is a professor in the UAB Department of Pediatrics, the director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and the medical director of Children’s Intensive Feeding Program. In addition, Dr. Dimmitt will serve as the president of the Children’s of Alabama medical staff and chair of the medical executive committee beginning in January 2018. Dimmitt’s research includes mucosal immunology, the role of intestinal microbiota in the pathogenesis of injury, and the causes of intestinal failure associated liver disease.

“Dr. Dimmitt is one of our very best. He is triple A rated: able, affable and available. He cares deeply about the children of Alabama and always asks and does what is best for the patient and family. His leadership in all areas, but particularly in intestinal rehabilitation, intensive feeding and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders has distinguished UAB and Children’s of Alabama,” said Mitchell B. Cohen, M.D., Chair, UAB Department of Pediatrics and Physician-In-Chief, Children’s of Alabama.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. 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, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at