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Faculty & Staff Honors

Vanderbilt: Dr. Stephen Patrick to Receive Society for Pediatric Research 2019 Young Investigator Award

Dr. Stephen Patrick, has been named to receive the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) 2019 Young Investigator Award, an honor bestowed upon a young physician who has embarked on a career in investigative pediatrics.

Dr. Patrick, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy and assistant professor of pediatrics and health policy in the Division of Neonatology, has quickly become one of the nation’s leading experts on the impact of the opioid epidemic on pregnant women and infants.

His research focuses on improving outcomes for pregnant women and infants affected by the epidemic, including infants who have drug withdrawal symptoms after birth, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), as well as evaluating state and federal control policies.

“Dr. Patrick’s outstanding research accomplishments have had a remarkable impact on his field, and the findings of his rigorously conducted health services research have directly resulted in policy changes that have benefitted vulnerable children,” said Mr. Steven Webber, James C. Overall professor, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. “His accomplishments of conducting outstanding research and influencing health policies are most worthy of the SPR Young Investigator Award.”

Dr. Patrick will receive his award April 29 during the 2019 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Baltimore, where he will also deliver a presentation on his work.