American Academy of Pediatrics Recognizes Local Doctor

Diego Chaves-Gnecco MD, MPH, FAAP, director and founder of the program SALUD Para Niños at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC received the F. Edwards Rushton CATCH Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, IL. Sept. 15-19, 2017.

Named in honor of F. Edwards Rushton, Sr., MD, FAAP; this award honors pediatricians who collaborate within their communities to increase children’s access to healthcare and other needed services. Dr. Chaves-Gnecco, an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is the fifth pediatrician to receive a CATCH award since it was established in 2013. He is the first Latino pediatrician to receive this recognition, as well as the first to be awarded for a resident CATCH grant.

In 2002, Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco created the first bilingual pediatric clinic at Children’s Hospital. With funding from his 2004 resident CATCH grant, Dr. Chaves-Gnecco expanded the program to provide an option for uninsured Hispanic children, and then officially named the program SALUD (Students, residents, faculty And Latinos United against health Disparities) Para Niños.

Since the program’s creation 15 years ago, the number of children enrolled has increased from 45 to over 1000 children served, with more than 1650 health visits a year.

The AAP is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of the nation’s infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

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