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BIRMINGHAM (Oct. 17, 2011) - Three long-time members of the Children's of Alabama Board of Trustees have been honored with the establishment of endowed chairs in their names. The announcement was made by Children's CEO Mike Warren at a special dinner held last week.

Yung Ruang Lau, MD, is the first recipient of the Thomas N. Carruthers, Jr. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Lau's selection recognizes his efforts to advance the field of pediatric cardiology through his professional expertise, his national reputation in his field and his work as the only pediatric electrophysiologist in Alabama and medical director of Alabama Lifestart, the well-known defibrillator outreach program co-sponsored by Children's and UAB.

Robert F. Pass, MD, is the first to receive the Beth Gordy Dubina Endowed Chair in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Pass is recognized for his national reputation and professional expertise in the field of pediatric infectious diseases and his leadership in the growth and development of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children's. He is also honored for his efforts as director of general inpatient pediatrics to transform the care of the increasingly complex general inpatient population through pediatric hospital medicine.

John H. Grant, III, MD, is the first recipient of the James C. Lee, III, Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Grant's work as chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and as director of the UAB Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Children's, as well as his professional expertise and national reputation in pediatric plastic surgery, are recognized by this honor.

Carruthers began his volunteer leadership service to Children's in 1990 when he was named to the Board of Trustees. He served as chairman in 1996 and 1997.

Dubina joined the Board of Directors of the Alabama Children's Hospital Foundation in 1989 and has served on the Board of Trustees for Children's of Alabama since 2002.

Lee also joined the Board of Directors of the Alabama Children's Hospital Foundation in 1989 and served as chairman in 1990. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees for Children's of Alabama since 1992, serving as chairman in 1990-91.

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 hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Ten of its divisions - pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology-were recently ranked in the Top 50 Children's Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. Children's is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for its excellence of nursing care. The hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit  

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