Awards & Scholarships

FPF ADVOCACY TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP

To support Florida’s pediatric residents, to expand their knowledge of the legislative process, and to enhance their appreciation of the power pediatricians hold to influence the Legislature, the Florida Pediatric Foundation (FPF), the charitable foundation of FCAAP, provides annual scholarships to first and second-year residents enrolled in Florida pediatric residency programs to attend the annual American Academy of Pediatrics’ Advocacy Conference.

The 2022 FPF Advocacy Scholarship recipients were:

  • Dr. Akshita Madala, a first-year resident at Orlando Health Pediatrics
  • Dr. Folasade Aderibigbe a second-year resident at the University of Florida Jacksonville Pediatrics
  • Dr. Jenny Gutwein, a second-year resident at Broward Health Medical Center
  • Dr. Madhuri Prasad, a second-year resident at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Sridhi Patel, a second-year resident at Broward Health Medical Center
  • Dr. Taylor Taskey, a first-year resident at Memorial Healthcare System
  • Dr. Zoha Ahmed, a second-year resident at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Scholarship recipients were paired with a member of FCAAP leadership for support before, during, and after the conference, and accompanied their assigned FCAAP leader to scheduled meetings with Florida Representatives and Senators during the conference. Stay tuned to future issues of the FCAAP News for reports of what they learn from the conference and how they will apply such knowledge to their participation in future FCAAP legislative activities.

2021 RECIPIENTS

  • Dr. Prasanth Narahari of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Pediatric Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Dr. Samantha Kennedy of Nemours Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency
  • Dr. Issa Hanna and Dr. Norane Shehab of the University of Florida — Jacksonville
  • Dr. Paola Blanco and Dr. Sukjoo Cho of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

2020 RECIPIENTS

  • Dr. Shannon Glenn-Otto of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Issa Hanna of the University of Florida—College of Medicine Jacksonville

AUDREY LINCOURT SCHIEBLER, RN, FAAP & GEROLD SCHIEBLER, MD, FAAP ADVOCACY AWARD

Dr. Gerold Schiebler and his late wife Audrey Lincourt Schiebler were an admirable and exemplary team who worked together on behalf of Florida’s children. Their advocacy efforts, spanning more than 50 years, can be seen through the establishment of many invaluable Florida programs including Guardian ad Litem, Children’s Medical Services, Poison Control Centers, Child Protection Teams, and the Boggy Creek Camp for Children with special health care needs. The Florida Pediatric Foundation established this award in 2013 to honor the lifetime achievements of Dr. and Mrs. Schiebler. This award of commendation is given annually to a physician who has worked beyond the profession, educated local and state legislators, and diligently advocated to improve the health and welfare of Florida’s children.

Selection and Presentation:

The FCAAP Executive Committee serves as the selection committee for this award. A call for nominations is sent to all FCAAP members each Spring and recipients are presented the award during FCAAP’s annual conference, The Future of Pediatric Practice, in the Fall.

Past Recipients

  • 2022 — Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, CPE, FAAP, FPIDS, FSHEA, FIDSA, FACPE
  • 2021 — Judith Schaechter, MD, MBA, FAAP
  • 2020 — Tommy Schechtman, MD, MPH, FAAP
  • 2019 — Thomas T. Chiu, MD, MBA
  • 2018 — Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD, FAAP
  • 2017 — Lisa Cosgrove, MD, FAAP
  • 2016 — John Curran, MD, FAAP
  • 2015 — Louis St. Petery, Jr., MD, FAAP

PHILIP O. LICHTBLAU AWARD

This award is given to a children’s surgeon who has contributed significantly either regionally or statewide to the Children’s Medical Services Program. Read about the history of Dr. Philip O. Lichtblau.

SELECTION AND PRESENTATION:

The Children’s Medical Services medical directors, assistant medical directors, or any individual within the CMS organization submit nominations each Spring that are forwarded to CMS in Tallahassee. Two nominations are then submitted to Dr. Craig Lichtblau for determination of the winner. Recipients are presented the award during FCAAP’s annual conference, The Future of Pediatric Practice, in the Fall.

PAST RECIPIENTS

  • 2021 — Mark Steven Bleiweis, MD
  • 2020 — Cathy Burnweit, MD, FACS, FAAP
  • 2019 — Ernesto Ruas, MD, FACS
  • 2018 — David W. Kays, MD
  • 2013 — Michael Gallant, MD
  • 2011 — Jimmy Jones, MD
  • 2010 — Kurt Hasenhuttl, MD
  • 2009 — Joseph J. Tepas, III, MD
  • 2008 — Mark Bleiweis, MD
  • 2007 — Arturo Guiloff, MD
  • 2005 — R. Dixon Walker, III, MD
  • 2004 — James L. Talbert, MD

LUTHER W. HOLLOWAY AWARD

The Luther W. Holloway award recognizes students from Florida’s medical schools who have shown outstanding ability and exemplary service within the school’s pediatric department. Named in honor of the Chapter’s first president, the award is given to one student at each school annually.

SELECTION AND PRESENTATION:

Recipients are chosen by the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at each medical school each Spring, with the awards being presented to the recipients at the school’s graduation ceremony.

2022 RECIPIENTS

  • Breyonna Maddox — Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Catherine Blackburn — University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine
  • Emily Ramos — University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Julie A. Davila — Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Katherine Acosta Hosinski — Florida Atlantic University Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Katie J. Ballantyne — University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Kelly Tran — Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Sara Kennedy — University of Florida, College of Medicine

2021 RECIPIENTS

  • Caroline Knoop — Florida Atlantic University Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Edward Corty — Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Emilie Flament — Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Heather Ann Kraft — University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Joseph Thomas Whelihan, Jr. — University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • Maria Elena Arrate — Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Sophia Isabelle Pines — University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Taylor Jarvill — University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine

2020

  • Amanda Kravitz — Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Ashlee Smith — University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Casey Mason — The Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Erin Suggs — University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • Gabriela Lins — Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Madeline Sophia Barnes — University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine
  • Sarah Sukkar — University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

2019

  • Alexandra Byrne — University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • Bianca Isabel Alvarez — The Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Hector Ivan Ortega — University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Ovini Rodrigo — Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Rachel Quinn — University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Sneha Tolia — Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Toaa Abuelenen — University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine

2018

  • Ashley Jeannette Van Putten — Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jeffrey Ferrell — University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • Joseph Anthony Bernardo — The Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Michael Y. Migita, 2nd Lt. USAF — Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Rachel Leeman — University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Yuliya Oumarbaeva — University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine

2017

  • Angelique Boutzoukas — University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • Ila Sehgal — Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Melanie Weinstein — University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Nathaniel Forman — Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Nicole Brunner — The Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Rachel Lefferdink — University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Shaara Argo — University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine

2016

  • Alexis T. Crawford — University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • Ashley Nicole Flock — Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Carly Brandt — University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Ciaravino — University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine
  • Thomas Richard VerHage, Jr. — Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

2015

  • Jessica Hochberg — University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Michelle Rosario — University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine
  • Shannon Brockman — University of Florida, College of Medicine

2014

  • Kaitlin Sapp — University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine
  • Kathryn Sun — University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • Kristen Irmiter — University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

2013

  • Asef Mahmud — University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine
  • Amanda Musto — University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • Laura Chomorro — University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

2012

  • Christa Erin Matrone — University of Florida, College of Medicine
  • Kevin Mitchell — University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine
  • Marytery Fajardo — University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Tiffany Tamse — University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

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