American Academy of Pediatrics Presents Founders Award to Roberta Williams, MD, of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Roberta Williams, MD, FACC, of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles was honored this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery as the recipient of the Founders Award for 2010.

Roberta Williams, MD, FACC, of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles was honored this week by the American ...

Roberta Williams, MD, FACC, of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles was honored this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery as the recipient of the Founders Award for 2010. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Founders Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery. The award was established in 1988 and is presented annually by the Section. The award was presented at the 2010 National Conference and Exhibition held in San Francisco.

From 2000 to 2010, Williams served as vice president of Pediatrics and Academic Affairs at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. She remains on staff at Childrens Hospital and USC.

Dr. Williams has been a pioneer in the field of echocardiography since the 1970s. She developed the initial clinical correlations with echo findings that formed the basis of non-invasive diagnosis of a wide variety of cardiac anomalies in childhood, adult and fetal life. In addition, Dr. Williams established the accuracy of diagnosis that allowed echo to supplant cardiac catheterization prior to surgical correction for many types of defects. As the first medical director of a pediatric cardiac surgical intensive care unit at Boston Children’s Hospital in the ‘70s and 80s, she applied echo to the developing field of infant cardiac surgery. These observations changed management of congenital heart disease around the world. More recently, her research interests have focused on healthcare access and workforce issues of lifelong care of all chronic diseases originating in childhood.

About Childrens Hospital Los Angeles: Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is one of only seven children’s hospitals in the nation – and the only children’s hospital on the West Coast – ranked for two consecutive years in all 10 pediatric specialties in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and named to the magazine’s “Honor Roll” of children’s hospitals. The Saban Research Institute at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is among the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States, with 100 investigators at work on 186 laboratory studies, clinical trials and community-based research and health services. The Saban Research Institute is ranked eighth in National Institutes of Health funding among children’s hospitals in the United States. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is a premier teaching hospital and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.

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Roberta Williams, MD, FACC, of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles was honored this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery as the recipient of the Founders Award for 2010. (Photo: Business Wire)

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