Department of Pediatrics Faculty Achievement Awards

The Department of Pediatrics each year honors faculty members for achievement and excellence in research, diversity and inclusion, education, service and mentoring. Faculty are nominated by their peers, and those selected for each award have attained a level of excellence recognized by their peers due to their exceptional contributions for the development of the department and, in turn, the achievers of tomorrow—our children.

2021 Department of Pediatrics Faculty Achievement Award Winners

Research Achievement Award

The Research Achievement Award is awarded based on research merit and impact on the appropriate field of research.

Suresh Boppana, M.D.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Gabriela Oates, Ph.D.

Pediatric Pulmonology

Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated sustained dedication to advancing the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Wally Carlo, M.D.


Jaime McKinney, M.D.

Academic General Pediatrics

Educational Achievement Award

The Educational Achievement Award is awarded based on outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of the university.

Stephenie Wallace, M.D.

Adolescent Medicine

Cassi Smola, M.D.

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Service Achievement Award

The Service Award recognizes individuals who have exhibited sustained, significant and impactful clinical service or service through leadership or advocacy to the department, university or community.

Paul Scalici, M.D.

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Erinn Schmit, M.D.

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Community Educator Award

The Community Educator Award recognizes an outstanding community pediatrician partner and his/her exemplary commitment to the UAB Department of Pediatrics as a co-educator of medical students, residents and fellows.

Drew Buie, M.D.
Greenvale Alabaster

Mentoring Achievement Award

The Mentoring Achievement Award recognizes faculty who are outstanding mentors to junior faculty, fellows and other trainees within the university.

Smita Bhatia, M.D.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Matthew Alexander, Ph.D.

Pediatric Neurology

Model of Team Excellence Award

The Model of Team Excellence Award recognizes a team or group of faculty that has demonstrated exceptional leadership and clinical, educational or research accomplishments at the national/ international level.

SARS Research Team
Suresh Boppana, M.D.; Cecelia Hutto, M.D.; David Kimberlin, M.D.; Swetha Pinninti, M.D.; and Richard Whitley, M.D.

Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Healthcare

The Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Healthcare recognizes truly outstanding individuals who are making or have made exceptional contributions to pediatric healthcare through clinical services, education or research.

Peter Glaeser, M.D.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine