Dr. First Receives Top National Honor

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You may know Dr. Lewis First as the friendly pediatrician who provides expert advice about child health and development with his unique sense of humor on his popular "First with Kids" weekly TV and radio segments. What you probably don’t know is that he is one of America’s leading pediatricians with wide and deep influence on how pediatrics is taught and practiced. Here are just some of the key positions he holds:

  • Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UVM College of Medicine and Chief of Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care. 
  • Editor-in-Chief of Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and most influential publication in the field. 
  • Chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners, which protects the public through quality assessments of health care professionals.
  • Co-editor of the most recent addition of Rudolph’s Textbook of Pediatrics, which is widely used in medical schools throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Dr. First Receives the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award

Dr. FirstIn a very special recognition of his national and international impact, Dr. First has just received the 2014 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award, considered the highest leadership honor in pediatrics. The award is given to only one physician each year by the Federation of Pediatrics Organizations – a coalition of the major the associations in the field.

”We’re all incredibly proud of Dr. First for receiving this prestigious award, but even prouder of the countless contributions he has made to Fletcher Allen and the dedication he shows every day to providing the children of our region with the highest quality of care,” said John Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of Fletcher Allen.

dr first“Dr. First has won every teaching award the University has to give and is recognized nationally and internationally as a superb, engaged and avid teacher,” said Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., Dean of the UVM College of Medicine. “He is richly deserving of this award and I offer my heartiest congratulations.”  

Colleagues React 

Watch the video below for brief reactions from colleagues. This video provides a fuller description of his professional significance and why he has become such a beloved figure in our region and beyond.