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Children’s National Physician Honored at American Academy of Pediatrics Conference

October 20, 2011

Washington, DC—Children’s National Medical Center’s Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, was honored at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Boston recently. Dr. Wright received the 2011 Fellow Achievement Award for his work on the Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. As part of the honor, he provided the keynote address, “The Role of the Emergency Department in Youth Violence Prevention,” during the council’s session.

Dr. Wright currently serves as Senior Vice President of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s National. He is trained as a pediatric emergency medicine physician and spent more than 20 years in the Emergency Department at Children’s National. 

 The Fellow Achievement Award recognizes an AAP Fellow who has made an exceptional contribution to the field of injury, violence, and poison prevention. During his introduction of Dr. Wright, Council Chair Garry Gardner, MD, said there was a unanimous feeling among the selection committee that Dr. Wright deserved the award. In his remarks, Dr. Gardner noted Dr. Wright’s efforts around injury prevention, bullying awareness, and advocacy on behalf of children.
 During his keynote address, Dr. Wright described his work as a combination of passion, science, and patience when it comes to advocating for improved health outcomes for children.

Contact: Emily Dammeyer or Susan Muma, Public Relations,  202-476-4500

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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