Dr. Andrew Colin Receives President’s Award of the International Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology

Andrew Colin, M.D., Batchelor Professor of Cystic Fibrosis and Pediatric Pulmonology and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, was honored in June with the President’s Award of the International Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology (CIPP). The award recognizes his exceptional contributions to his field and its worldwide reach.

“I have been very involved with the International Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology for many years and was pleased to be acknowledged with the President’s Award,” said Colin. “CIPP has achieved so much, and we have been instrumental in training specialists internationally. Even more than the personal recognition, I am proud of the organization’s important impact on children across the globe.”

Colin has published extensively and presented his findings on structural and functional development and morbidity of the respiratory system with related physiological measurements, including lung diseases of late prematurity and the treatment of infants with cystic fibrosis (CF).

“When I first started my fellowship more than thirty years ago, a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis was devastating,” he said. “What has happened over the years is extraordinary, in that we now diagnose the disease around birth and begin treatment in early infancy. This has created an enormous shift from treating very sick children to maintaining optimal health. Nothing could be more gratifying than seeing a serious pediatric disease become a disease of adults.”

Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., The George E. Batchelor Endowed Chair in Child Health, professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Chief of Service at Holtz Children’s Hospital, said, “Dr. Colin exemplifies the highest level of clinical care and teaching for which the Department of Pediatrics and Holtz Children’s Hospital are known. This recognition — the President’s Award — demonstrates the international reputation of our faculty and the world-class standard at which UM pediatrics performs.”

Colin served as the President of CIPP’s 10th and 11th Congresses and is a member of the “Founding Fathers” core group. CIPP is the only organization devoted exclusively to pediatric pulmonology and is attended by doctors treating children with chest diseases and conditions from more than 80 countries. Each congress faculty is composed of leading specialists and researchers in the field from all parts of the world, with the emphasis on being borderless and inclusive of specialists from underdeveloped countries as both participants and faculty.

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