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BIRMINGHAM — Children’s of Alabama presented the Master Pediatrician Award to Arnold Tauro, MD, FAAP, a physician at Pediatric Associates of Alexander City, and the Wallace Alexander Clyde Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Pediatrics to David Smalley, MD, FAAP, a long-time physician at Pediatric Clinic, LLC in Opelika, at the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) Annual Meeting and Fall Pediatric Update.
The Master Pediatrician Award, received by Dr. Tauro, is an annual honor given to a pediatrician who has contributed to the quality of life for children in Alabama. Tauro earned his medical degree from Government Medical College in Bellary, India, where he completed his internship. After his residency at NHL Municipal Medical College in Ahmedabad, India, Tauro worked as a pediatrician in India and Saudi Arabia before moving to New York and completing an additional residency at the Bronx Lebanon Medical Center. Tauro joined Pediatric Associates of Alexander City in 2004, and has been practicing there for 14 years.
Dr. Smalley received this year’s Wallace Clyde Award, in which the recipient is chosen by a select committee of leaders in pediatrics as a physician who has devoted a lifetime of service to children and their families. Smalley attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and completed his pediatric residency at Duke University School of Medicine. He was a founding member and chairman of the East Alabama Health Care Alliance, and was named the medical director of what is now the Care Network of Alabama. Smalley has been in private practice with Pediatric Clinic, LLC since 1985. Additionally, he has been an active member of the East Alabama Medical Center medical staff, serving as Chief of Staff twice, Chief of Pediatrics, Credentials Chair, and a member of the Quality of Care and Planning and Finance committees.
These two distinguished honors were presented at the Children’s-sponsored AAP Awards Dinner in Birmingham with over 150 in attendance from across the state.