Washington University’s Department of Pediatrics and St. Louis Children’s Hospital once again have been catapulted into the national spotlight — this time by the simultaneous election of five pediatric faculty into the top national leadership roles in large and distinguished medical societies.
Thomas W. Ferkol Jr., MD, was installed as vice president of the American Thoracic Society. Keith A. Hruska, MD, was elected president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. David M. Jaffe, MD, was installed as president of the Academic Pediatric Association. Alan L. Schwartz, PhD, MD, will become president of the American Pediatric Society. Gregory A. Storch, MD, is president-elect of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology.
“Election to lead a major academic society is a mark of distinction,” says Schwartz, the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor and head of the Department of Pediatrics. “We are very proud of the recognition of Drs. Ferkol, Hruska, Jaffe and Storch by their peers nationally. This is a most unusual concurrence, and one that highlights Washington University School of Medicine.”