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BIRMINGHAM — David Chupp, MD, FAAP, a community pediatrician at Marshall County Pediatrics in Guntersville, and Waldemar A. “Wally” Carlo, MD, FAAP, a long-time neonatologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Children’s of Alabama, were honored with the Children’s of Alabama Master Pediatrician Award and the Wallace Alexander Clyde Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, respectively, at the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) Annual Meeting and Fall Pediatric Update, held recently in Birmingham.
Dr. Chupp received the Master Pediatrician Award, bestowed annually to a pediatrician who has contributed greatly to the quality of life for children in Alabama. Chupp graduated magna cum laude from Emory University School of Medicine, where he received the Hewlett-Packard Award and the Lemmon Award for Primary Care. After completing his residency at Boston Children’s Hospital, he and his family moved to Guntersville in 1995, joining Marshall County Pediatrics. Chupp and his wife, Shirley, were named “Humanitarians of the Year” by the Marshall County Interagency Council for their work with the homeless after starting a ministry for the homeless called “Room in the Inn.”
Having practiced neonatology at UAB for decades, Dr. Carlo, currently the Division Director of Neonatology and Director of Newborn Nurseries at UAB, accepted the Wallace Clyde award, initiated in 1984 by the UAB Department of Pediatrics and Children’s to recognize outstanding physicians who have devoted a lifetime of service to children and their families. Recipients are chosen by a select committee of leaders in the field of pediatrics. Carlo graduated from medical school at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, completed his residency at University Children’s Hospital in San Juan and his fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Carlo has a special interest in neonatal respiratory disorders and has extensive experience in clinical research, including the design, implementation, data analysis and reporting of neonatal and childhood research. He designs and directs many randomized clinical trials, has conducted experimental and epidemiological research, and has mentored many neonatologists through the years.
Both physicians received the awards at a Children’s-sponsored dinner, which was attended by 125 pediatricians from around the state and featured a keynote address by Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner Lynn Beshear.