Members of the faculty of Babies Hospital established the Babies Hospital Alumni Association (BHAA) around 1938. Its objective, according to the bylaws, "shall be the advancement of the interests of Babies Hospital, the advancement of pediatric art and science, and the promotion of social activities among its members."
Alumni Day occurs in April of each year. All alumni association members are invited to participate in a day of activities, including:
- Hattie Alexander Memorial Lecture
- BHAA Distinguished Alumnus Award
- BHAA Breakfast and Business Meeting
The BHAA presents the following awards each year:
- Distinguished Alumnus Award: This award is presented to “an alumnus or alumna who has received wide recognition for distinguished service to the science or practice of pediatrics or for excellence in public service for the health and welfare of children." View past Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients.
- Harry S. Altman Memorial Prize: This prize is presented to a senior medical student who demonstrates enthusiasm, eagerness, integrity, honesty, and dedication to the health and wellbeing of children, in the best tradition of Dr. Harry S. Altman. The 2021 recepient, Teresitta Velez, will be a pediatric resident at Children’s National Medical Center in the Primary Care/Community Health Program. Teresitta was selected for the VP&S Class of 2021 Gold Humanism Honor Society.
Edward C. Curnen, Jr. Award: This award was established by Dr. Curnen’s colleagues to honor the house officer who best exemplifies the ideas of humane and compassionate patient care that Dr. Curnen so manifestly displayed during his long and distinguished career in pediatrics. 2021 recipient Hadley Bloomhardt, MD has championed initiatives in the Community Pediatrics, Global Health, Wellness, and Palliative Care curricula during her time as a resident. She will be a Pediatric Palliative Care Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital next year.
- Emmett Holt Fellowship: This award is presented to a graduating medical student, or student who has graduated within the last two years, in honor of his or her exceptional promise in the field of pediatrics and dedication to children. The 2021 recipients are Daniel Pahl and Lillian Zerihun. Daniel was inducted into both the Gold Humanism Society and Alpha Omega Alpha this spring. He will be a pediatric resident here at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Lillian was also inducted into the Gold Humanism Society and Alpha Omega Alpha and will be a medicine/pediatrics resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
- Jerry Jacobs Prize: This prize is awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in the differential diagnosis and treatment of disorders in children. The 2021 recipients are Estefania Chavez and Kirsten Craddock. Estefania was inducted into the Gold Humanism Society this spring and will be a pediatric resident here at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital starting this July. Kirsten was also inducted into the Gold Humanism Society this spring and will be a child neurology resident at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
- Rustin McIntosh Fellowship: Dr. Rustin McIntosh was Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Service from 1933-1960. During his tenure, Dr. McIntosh fostered a “spirit of doubt and need for inquiry” that led to breakthroughs in the treatments of many childhood diseases. The Rustin McIntosh Fellowship honors a pediatric postgraduate fellow who best exemplifies these attributes. The 2021 recipient is Nak Hyun (Tom) Choi, MD. During his fellowship, Tom’s principal project was a retrospective study investigating the prevalence of arrhythmia after pediatric heart transplantation in the current era. He investigated the association between arrhythmia and transplant patients with significant pre-existing or newly detected donor specific antibodies. He was a recipient of the Matthew Hearts of Hope Research Award for this project. After finishing up fellowship in June 2021, he will be doing an advanced clinical year in electrophysiology at Children’s National.
- Metropolitan Fund Fellowship: The Metropolitan Fund Fellowship was established in the Division of Hematology/Oncology in 1986 in memory of former fellow Susan Furnberg, who died during her fellowship year. This award is presented annually to a fellow demonstrating excellence in the field of hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplantation. The 2021 recipient, Bradley Gampel, MD, will be a neuro-oncology fellow at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.
- Milton Singer Memorial Fellowship: This award is presented to talented physicians who have completed their residency in pediatrics and who are planning a career in research in children's illnesses that held a special interest to Dr. Singer, particularly cerebral palsy and prematurity. The 2021 recipient, Jennifer Hammond, MD, completed both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal Medicine training here at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Her academic interest is in neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants critically ill at birth. She will be staying on as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics.
- Rebecca A. Schwarz Memorial Prize: Dr. and Mrs. Steven M. Schwarz established The Rebecca A. Schwarz Memorial Prize in November 1981 as a memorial tribute to their infant daughter, Rebecca, who died after surgery to repair a congenital heart defect. In appreciation for the support and care they received throughout Rebecca's life, the Schwarz family established this prize to be presented to a senior medical student conducting outstanding research in the area of pediatric heart disease. The 2021 recipient, Angelina Seffens, completed a two-year Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship studying cutaneous T-cell lymphoma during her time at VP&S. She matched at Stanford for pediatric residency.
- William Perry Watson Prize: This is the oldest award in the Department of Pediatrics, established in 1922 by a gift from Dr. Watson. The prize is awarded annually to the member of the graduating class who shows "the most valuable work in the study of the diseases of infants and children during his or her regular courses.” Dr. Watson was a graduate of the P&S Class of 1878 and went on to become the Medical Director of the Prudential Life Insurance Company. The 2021 recipients are Cate Nicholas and Stephanie Granada. Cate spent a research year focused on healthcare disparities both globally and locally. Cate will be starting Pediatric Residency at the University of Rochester this summer. Stephanie was inducted into both the Gold Humanism Honor Society and Alpha Omega Alpha at VP&S this spring. Stephanie will be a Pediatric Resident at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Jen-Tien Wung Fellowship Award for Clinical Excellence in Neonatology: This award was established in 2020 in the Division of Neonatology in honor of Dr. Jen Tien Wung. The award is presented annually to a graduating neonatology fellow who has demonstrated excellence in the clinical care of neonates that Dr. Wung so manifestly displayed during his long and distinguished career. 2021 recipient Faith Kim, MD completed a pediatric residency at CHOP and neonatal-perinatal medicine training at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Her academic interest is in neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants critically ill at birth. She will be staying on as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia and working to advance her research goals.
John Babineau, MD
President 2020-2021, 2021-2022
Connie Kostacos, MD
President Elect 2022-2023
John M. Driscoll, Jr., MD
Anne Armstrong-Coben, MD
Patricia Hametz, MD, MPH
Nominating Committee Chair
Anne Armstrong-Coben, MD
Immediate Past President