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Lifetime Achievement and Excellence in Pediatric Care

Lifetime Achievement and Excellence in Pediatric Care

Texas Tech Physicians Recognized at State Level

The Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) recognized two Texas Tech Physicians for their excellence in improving health care for children.
Charles W. Daeschner, Jr. MD Lifetime Achievement Award


Patti Patterson, M.D., MPH, received the TPS Charles W. Daeschner, Jr., M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award of the Texas Pediatric Society. The TPS recognized Patterson for outstanding lifetime contributions in pediatrics and public health and for her dedication to the health and welfare of the children of Texas. She is a professor in the School of Medicine and director of child abuse pediatrics.

She led the creation of the Center for Superheroes, the only mental health center in West Texas or Eastern New Mexico designed to provide comprehensive medical, mental health, behavioral health and developmental services for victims of childhood trauma and their families.  
Patterson’s outreach for providing needed care to children has gone beyond the U.S. She serves as global health advisor to the school of medicine and leads global health electives for students from all TTUHSC schools and wasone of the founding TTUHSC faculty members to establish a program in order to provide health care in Jinotega, Nicaragua. 

Patterson also has more than 25 years of experience in public health, including serving as the Texas Commissioner of Health, Executive Deputy Commissioner of Health and Maternal and Child Health Director for the State of Texas. She also was instrumental in the development of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health.

The Daeschner award was created in 2001 to recognize the significant contributions of Dr. Daeschner not only to the health and well being of children, but also to the education and mentoring of students of Pediatrics. TPS established the Charles W. Daeschner, Jr, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award to be awarded to those special individuals whose careers, lifetime accomplishments and contributions to pediatrics emulate those standards set by Dr. Daeschner.
Texas Pediatric Society Early Career Physician Award


Michal Pankratz, M.D., received the TPS Early Career Physician Award in recognition of her work on behalf of children in foster care, especially for establishing and streamlining the protocols for medical visits for foster children in the Superheroes Clinic, and for her service to the Texas Pediatric Society Committees on Foster Care and Adolescence and Sports Medicine.
The Early Career Physician’s award recognizes a TPS member resident or early career physician for exemplary service to the Texas Pediatric Society. A “young physician” nominee is one who is less than 40 years of age or who has been in practice five years or less.
Tammy Camp, M.D., also was elected as Texas Pediatric Society President-Elect for 2018. 
The Texas Pediatric Society promotes health and wellness for children throughout the state to encourage children to attain their full potential for physical, emotional and social health.
For more information, visit: https://txpeds.org/awards