Richard E. Kreipe, M.D., founding director of UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program, will be recognized with the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) Leadership Award for Clinical, Administrative, or Educational Service during the International Conference on Eating Disorders, March 29, in New York City. The AED is an international professional association committed to, among other goals, fostering innovation and best practice by recognizing excellence in the field of eating disorders.
An adolescent medicine specialist and the Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney Professor in Pediatrics Funded by Roger & Carolyn Friedlander, Kreipe is being honored for his contributions to the clinical care of individuals with eating disorders and his sustained leadership in the field, which has lasted more than 30 years. Kreipe has dedicated his career to advancing research, education, clinical practice, and community outreach to better care for young people diagnosed with eating disorders.
In addition to being the director of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s eating disorders program, Kreipe is the medical director of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders. He also serves as the principal investigator at the University of Rochester for the New York State Assets Coming Together for Youth Program, a long-tem, statewide, community-based public health initiative designed to promote healthy youth development. Kreipe has also co-edited the Textbook of Adolescent Health Care, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in June 2011 and sat on the New York State Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board.
Kreipe takes particular pride in the work he has done to de-stigmatize adolescent eating disorders as a mental illness and to, instead, have them understood as a developmental disorder. His inter-disciplinary approach has shifted the clinical focus on eating disorders from blame to one centered on support and solutions. It incorporates both providers and families into support teams that are dedicated to ensuring the recovery and long-term physical and emotional health of patients.
“Dr. Kreipe's passion for ensuring the long-term well-being of his patients, as well as his insistence on excellence in his trainees and staff, has set our eating disorders program apart from virtually all others in the U.S.,” said Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., pediatrician-in-chief at Golisano Children’s Hospital. “He has single-handedly put Western New York on the map in this regard and, in doing so, has changed the lives of many, many grateful young people.”
One of the seven priority programs of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s $100 million campaign, the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program has become a beacon of hope for young people and their families, with more than 80 percent of its patients attaining a healthy eating pattern and body weight to go on to live healthy, productive lives.
“I am humbled to receive this award,” Kreipe said. “I have learned so much from the patients and their families and I am grateful to be allowed into their lives.”