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Rich History of Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine Continues

Mar. 18, 2012
Dr. Richard E. Kreipe Receives Award from Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

Adolescent Medicine physicians are especially attuned to the pivotal stage in life, during which children make the big and often difficult transition into adulthood. Richard E. Kreipe, M.D., professor of Pediatrics, at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), has been recognized for his more than 30 year-career in advancing research, education, clinical care and community outreach to better address the health care needs of adolescents.

 Kreipe has been awarded with Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). Kreipe is past-president of SAHM, the only international organization dedicated exclusively to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents.

Kreipe has dedicated his career to shining light on the private and very serious issue of eating disorders for patients, families and colleagues. He is founding director of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program and the founding medical director of the Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Western New York – a regional network of care that provides evaluation, treatment and prevention services for young people affected by eating disorders and their loved ones. In addition to continuing to conduct research, serve patients and work with colleagues to improve health care services for adolescents, Kreipe recently co-edited the Textbook of Adolescent Health Care, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in June 2011.

“It is humbling to receive this honor for the work that I care so passionately about – helping young people and their families,” said Kreipe. “I consider myself fortunate to be part of the rich history of pediatricians in Rochester committed to caring for adolescents.”

Kreipe is the fifth physician of with ties to URMC to receive this prestigious award. Adele Hoffman, M.D., a graduate of the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, received the inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement from SAHM in 1981. Elizabeth “Lissa” McAnarney, M.D., professor and chair emerita of Pediatrics at URMC, was awarded this honor in 1989, followed by Stanford B. Friedman, M.D., who was the first chief of Adolescent Medicine at URMC. Donald P. Orr, M.D., trained as a fellow at URMC and was recognized for his work by SAHM in 2009.

“Our faculty members have made a substantial footprint in the field of Adolescent Medicine,” said Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., pediatrician-in-chief at Golisano Children’s Hospital and chair of URMC’s Department of Pediatrics. “We are proud to serve our local community and through the work we’ve done here and shared with our colleagues around the world, we’ve established ourselves as key players in this continually growing and increasingly important field of medicine.”