Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Call for Nominations – April 2, 2012

Since its establishment in 1989, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Murray Davidson Award recognizes an outstanding clinician and educator (primary) and scientist (secondary) who has made a significant contribution(s) to the field of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.  Current members of the AAP Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Executive Committee are ineligible to be nominated for this award.

We are requesting nominations from pediatric gastroenterologists and other interested persons for this prestigious award.  Nominations must be in writing and should be limited to one per nominator.  The nomination should include a CV, a letter of nomination, and two (no more) letters of support.  These are due in the AAP Office no later than April 2, 2012.  Send all nominations to the attention of:

  Debra Burrowes, Manager
      Division of Technical and Medical Service
American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
     Elk Grove Village, Illinois  60007-1098


The Academy appreciates your effort to assist in the appropriate selection of a deserving person for this award.  The selection of the Award recipient is made by the Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition’s Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

The Murray Davidson Award provides an honorarium of $1,000, a round trip tourist class airfare and two days lodging for the recipient to attend the NASPGHAN Annual Meeting. This award is supported, in part, through an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition.

Past Murray Davidson Award Recipients:


Barbara S Kirschner, MD, FAAP


Arnold Silverman, MD, FAAP


Emanuel Lebenthal, MD, FAAP


Robert Suskind, MD, FAAP


James P Keating, MD, FAAP


John B Watkins, MD, FAAP


William F Balistreri, MD, FAAP


W Allan Walker, MD, FAAP


Richard Grand, MD, FAAP


Marvin E Ament, MD, FAAP


William K Schubert, MD, FAAP


William J Klish, MD, FAA


Joseph F Fitzgerald, MD, FAAP


George Ferry, MD, FAAP


Michael Farrell, MD, FAAP

2008 Jay A Perman, MD, FAAP
2009 Linda S. Book, MD, FAAP
2010 Alan M Leichtner, MD, FAAP
2011 B UK Li, MD .

This award is supported, in part, through an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition.



Lactose Intolerance in Infants, Children and Adolescents Clinical Report, Pediatrics, September 2006

Optimizing Bone Health and Calcium Intakes of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Pediatrics, February 2006


Chronic Abdominal Pain Clinical Report and Technical Report - a joint publication between the AAP SOGHN and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), Pediatrics, March 2005

Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk - Section on Breastfeeding, Pediatrics, February 2004)

The Management of Acute Gastroenteritis in Young Children (Pediatrics, March 1996)


Constitipation in Infants and Children: Evaluation and Treatment

Guidelines for Evaluation and Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux in Infants and Children

Helicobacter Pylori Infection in Children: Recommendation for Diagnosis and Treatment

Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries

See the Committee on Nutrition Web page for all nutrition-related policy statements.

For Information about the AAP's Obesity Resoures and Activities, visit the AAP Obesity web page -


The Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (SOGHN) has been working together with the Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation (CDHNF) and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) to change adult and pediatric health outcomes through the detection and intervention of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that begins in childhood and adolescence. The campaign is also dedicated to providing physicians and primary care providers with the resources they need to better treat their pediatric GERD patients and to educate consumers about this disease. Several pieces used as part of this campaign have been reviewed and endorsed by the AAP - clinical practice guideline and case-based CME newsletter. If you are interested in finding a speaker with an expertise in GERD, contact the CDHNF at 215/233-0808. Also, feel free to contact any one of the SOGHN Liaisons to AAP Chapters that can be found on the AAP Member Center.


The AAP continues to serve as a partner in the "3-a-Day of Dairy" campaign, along with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Dietetic Association, the National Medical Association, and the National Dairy Council. The campaign is a multi-year nutrition-based marketing and education campaign whose main message is to consume three servings of dairy a day to promote bone health and prevent osteoporosis.

The AAP has also partnered with the International Dairy Foods Association's Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) in their national "Think About Your Drink" campaign aimed at educating Americans regarding healthy beverage choices. For more information, visit

To identify a local dairy council-registered dietitian to assist with nutrition education or outreach in your area, visit


The Section on Gastroenterology and Nutrition was founded in 1989 and is dedicated to improving the care of infants, children, and adolescents with gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders by providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments relating to gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. Additional objectives of the Section include stimulating research and the teaching of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, and disseminating knowledge of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition through Academy channels to the medical professional at large. In addition, the Section consults to the AAP Board of Directors on related issues and works with the AAP Committee on Nutrition to provide comments on official Academy policies in these areas.

Membership in the Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition is open to all Fellows of the Academy with an interest in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.

The Section holds organizational meetings at the Academy's National Conference and Exhibition (NCE), and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Annual Meeting each spring and fall respectively. Educational programs are planned primarily for the Spring Session meeting of the Academy, and generally take the form of a three-hour seminar targeted at the practicing pediatrician (generalist).

The Section has had a liaison present at the national Committee on Nutrition meetings of the Academy, the body who sets policies with regard to nutritional issues for the Academy. The Section participated in a number of meetings with the Committee on Nutrition which allowed for joint collaboration between these two groups. In addition, the Section formed an RBRVS workshop shortly before the AAP Spring Session in 1994 and has been working with the AAP's Division of Health Care Finance and Practice on reevaluating values for pediatric CPT codes.

The Section's newsletter is disseminated to all Section members as well as members of NASPGHAN in order to recruit NASPGHAN members into the Academy and the Section. The Section is also developing an abdominal pain practice parameter with the assistance of the Department of Research and Practice.

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