Dr. Eduardo Bancalari Receives ‘Champion for Children’ Award from The Children’s Trust

Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., an internationally renowned neonatologist, received the David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award from The Children’s Trust at the organization’s annual awards luncheon on June 12.

Bancalari, Director of the Division of Neonatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chief of Newborn Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital, received the award for his contributions over a 50-year medical career. The Lawrence award, named in honor of David Lawrence, Jr., retired publisher of the Miami Herald and Founding Board Chair of The Children’s Trust, is given to an individual for a lifetime of achievement, and is the event’s top honor.

Bancalari contributed to the development of one of the largest and most prestigious neonatal programs in the United States — the Schatzi Kassal Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit — which provides the most advanced care for infants with special problems too complex to be managed at other institutions. He has helped save the lives of thousands of premature newborns — some born more than four months early, critically ill and weighing less than a pound — and trained generations of neonatologists working worldwide.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award from The Children’s Trust,” said Bancalari. “As pediatricians we share many of our goals with The Children’s Trust. I have been very fortunate to work for many years at UM and JMH, two institutions that share a strong commitment for improving the health of children in our community, especially those who, because of their social or medical conditions, are more vulnerable.

“I would like to dedicate this award to the many members of the community represented here by Project New Born, and my collaborators at UM-JMH, who over the years have supported us and shared our passion for improving children’s health so they can live to their full potential.”

He also spoke about what an honor it is to be an educator, and how much it means to him to watch residents and fellows grow over their three to six years of training.

“Eduardo Bancalari has changed a field for generations to come through compassionate care of the smallest and most vulnerable, through research that advanced respiratory science for the premature, and through the education of neonatologists trained at UM and Jackson who are now spread throughout the world,” said Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics.

The Children’s Trust awards ceremony, which attracts an attendance of more than 700, honors individuals and programs for their superlative efforts on behalf of children and families in Miami-Dade County. The organization hopes the award recipients will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

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