Dr. Jenkins Named Recipient of St. Geme Leadership Award

WASHINGTON (April 4, 2013) - Dr. Renee R. Jenkins, professor, attending physician and chair emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital, is the recipient of the 2013 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO).  Jenkins will receive the award Saturday, May 4, during the opening session of the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Washington. 

The award, created in honor of Dr. St. Geme, recognizes an individual who is a leader in the field of pediatrics, a role model and one who has contributed broadly to the field. The award recognizes those individuals who have “created a future.”

Jenkins, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), is the first African-American to win the award.

Throughout her career as an adolescent medicine specialist, Jenkins has focused her research interests on health disparities, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and high-risk behaviors. She is a leading spokesperson on the many issues facing teenagers and young adults.

FOPO is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to promote high standards of health care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Jenkins, who received her medical degree from Wayne State University, completed her pediatric residency at Jacobi Hospital and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where she also completed a fellowship in adolescent medicine before joining Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital.

At Howard, she has served as the director of Adolescent Services and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health from 1994 to 2007.  She currently directs the Office of Faculty Development.

She has channeled her interest in promoting adolescent health through her involvement in several prominent national organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, the National Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Pediatric Society.

She is a featured physician in the “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians”, exhibit at the National Library of Medicine. She served in

major leadership roles as president of the SAHM from 1989 to 1990 and president of the AAP from 2007 to 2008.

She serves currently as a member of the Advisory Committee to Director of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice and the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 Grace James Award for Distinguished Service from the Pediatric Section of the National Medical Association, the 2012 Clifford G. Grulee Award from AAP and the 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine from SAHM.   She was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in 1991 and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.

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