NEWS | October 19, 2012

UC Davis physician honored for distinguished service in medicine


Nathan Kuppermann, a pediatric emergency medicine physician and a nationally recognized expert in emergency medical services for children, has been honored with the 2012 Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Emergency Medicine.

Nathan Kuppermann, M.D. Nathan Kuppermann, M.D.

Kuppermann, who is professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at UC Davis and the Bo Tomas Brofeldt Endowed Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, will receive the award during the academy's national conference and exhibition on Saturday, October 20, in New Orleans.

Kuppermann is a leading medical investigator whose highly regarded studies have focused on infectious emergencies in children, evaluation of children at risk of diabetic ketoacidosis-related cerebral injury, and the efficacy of laboratory and radiographic diagnostic studies in pediatric trauma patients. His findings have been published in high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and The Lancet.

He also has been a leader in multicenter research in pediatric emergency medicine, helping establish the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) in 2001 and remaining as the one network's 6 principal investigators. Through PECARN and other collaborations, Kuppermann established a network of pediatric emergency departments nationwide that work together to perform high-impact research to improve the care of acutely ill and injured children. Together, PECARN members and other pediatric emergency medicine collaborators have enrolled many thousands of acutely ill and injured children in studies that have resulted in new and definitive evidence and recommendations for various pediatric emergency conditions, including pediatric head, neck and abdominal trauma, fever and infectious emergencies in young children, and diabetic ketoacidosis-associated risk for cerebral edema.

In 2011, while on a sabbatical in South American, he helped advance the field of pediatric emergency medicine in Argentina, and is helping develop the first pediatric emergency medicine research network between that country and Uruguay. In addition, Kuppermann, along with his UC Davis colleague James Holmes, is leading a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that provides training for the next generation of emergency medicine researchers to explore the care of adults and children with acute traumatic injuries and emergent medical illnesses.

Over the past decade, Kuppermann has published 120 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and has received nearly $20 million in federal grants and contracts as a principal investigator. In 2010, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

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