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Children’s of Alabama Honors Long-Time Board Members, Physicians with Endowed Chairs

Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital, has honored several long-time members of its Board of Trustees with the establishment of endowed chairs in their names.

Among those board members honored for 20 years of service to Children’s are Ralph Frohsin Jr.; Susan Nabers Haskell; Virginia Walker Jones; Philippe Lathrop; L. Gwaltney McCollum Jr.; and Benjamin Russell.

“These business and community leaders have had tremendous impact on ill and injured children of our state through their service on the Children's of Alabama Board of Trustees,” said Children’s CEO and President Mike Warren. “Their work helps us provide exceptional healthcare to our patients and propels Children’s to new heights in pediatric care and national stature. The same applies to the physicians who now hold these chair distinctions. Their research and clinical care will advance the reputation of Children’s of Alabama as well as the endowed chairs’ namesakes.”

Jack H. Crawford, M.D., Ph.D., is the first holder of the Philippe Lathrop Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology. Dr. Crawford is a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and associate professor of anesthesiology & perioperative medicine.

Jennifer Dollar, M.D., is the first holder of the Susan Nabers Haskell Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesiology. Dr. Dollar is a pediatric anesthesiologist and chief of anesthesiology at Children’s. 

Shawn Gilbert, M.D., is the first holder of the L. Gwaltney McCollum Jr. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Dr. Gilbert is chief of the orthopaedic division at Children’s of Alabama and a professor of surgery at the University of Alabama in the division of orthopaedic surgery.

Children’s of Alabama has been served by a volunteer Board of Trustees since its founding in 1911.

Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 45 other states and six foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the United States. 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