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BIRMINGHAM – Edward Colvin, M.D., FAAP; Paula Drummond, M.D., FAAP; and E. Cason Benton, M.D., FAAP, as well as state legislators who promoted the safety of children in 2019, were recently honored at the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) Annual Meeting held Sept. 28 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham–The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.
Dr. Colvin, the Lionel M. Bargeron Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and former Division Director of Pediatric Cardiology, won the 2019 Wallace Alexander Clyde Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Pediatrics from the UAB Department of Pediatrics and Children’s of Alabama. The award, initiated in 1984, recognizes outstanding physicians who have devoted a lifetime of service to children and their families. Recipients are chosen by a committee of leaders in the pediatrics field. Colvin joined the faculty at UAB in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology in 1983. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the South, his medical degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), his pediatric residency at UAB and his cardiology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital. In 1983, he joined Dr. Lionel “Mac” Bargeron as the second pediatric cardiologist at UAB. Dr. Colvin served as Division Director from 1989 to 2012, during which UAB became the sole provider of pediatric and congenital interventional cardiology and surgery in the state. Under his leadership, the division has developed to become a comprehensive state-of-the-art program with results that are among the best in the country.
Dr. Drummond, a primary care pediatrician at Eastern Shore Children’s Clinic in Fairhope, Alabama, received the Master Pediatrician Award, given each year to a pediatrician who has contributed greatly to the quality of life for children in Alabama. A graduate of Florida State University and the University of Florida College of Medicine, she completed her pediatrics residency at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, where she spent one year on faculty before moving to the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay in 1994. Dr. Drummond has been an advocate for children and newborns through active involvement in her community hospital, and has served on the state Perinatal Advisory Committee since 2002. Additionally, she has been a medical director of pediatric hospice care, served as a volunteer pediatrician for the children of local migrant farm workers and has been a preceptor for the pediatrics requirements for health care professional students.
Dr. Benton, who serves as a professor of general pediatrics at UAB, was honored with the AL-AAP’s prestigious Marsha Raulerson Leadership Award, presented to a member of the AL-AAP in in recognition of steadfast service to children beyond the usual scope of practice through strong and faithful dedication to better policies for improved child health at the local, state and national levels. Created in 2011, the award is named in honor of Marsha Raulerson, M.D., FAAP, of Birmingham, who has worked tirelessly for children in Alabama for more than 30 years. In addition to her faculty duties at UAB, Dr. Benton has served as medical director of the Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA) since 2013, fostering a culture of quality improvement in primary care across the state of Alabama in the areas of early screening, HPV, asthma, obesity and adolescent care. She also serves as medical director for her local Alabama Coordinated Health Network, demonstrating a passion for the best care for our children who rely on Medicaid.
All three received the awards at a dinner attended by pediatricians from around the state.
In addition, the AL-AAP honored state legislators as 2019 Legislative Heroes for their leadership, effort and dedication in leading the effort in the Alabama House of Representatives to pass legislation that protects our children by prohibiting alternative nicotine product retailers and manufacturers from advertising or selling products near schools and other places where children learn and play.
Representative Barbara Drummond was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in November 2014 after having served for 21 years as a political, judicial and general reporter for the Mobile Register. She is the owner of B-Inspired Marketing and Consulting Inc., the former executive director of administrative services and community affairs for the City of Mobile, and former public affairs director for Mobile County.
Senator David Sessions was elected to the Alabama Senate in November 2018 after having served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. He is Chairman of the Mobile County Local Legislation Committee and Vice Chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation Committee. He is a farmer and co-owner of Sessions Farms, a diversified family farming operation in South Mobile County.
Representative Shane Stringer was elected to represent District 102 in the Alabama House of Representatives in 2018 and serves as a member of the Education Policy, Mobile County Legislation, Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Urban and Rural Development committees, after serving in law enforcement for 27 years.
About the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
A 501 (c) 3 organization, the AL-AAP is the only statewide member organization of pediatricians, with more than 830 members across the state. With a mission to obtain optimal health and well-being for all children in Alabama, and to provide educational and practice support for its membership so the highest quality of medical care can be achieved, the organization has an active voice on almost every state collaborative effort that serves the health interests of children.
About 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 U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. More information is available at childrensal.org.