Originally Released: October 11, 1999
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Murray Kappelman, M.D., professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was named Pediatrician of the Year by the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Kappelman received this prestigious honor on Saturday, October 9, during the Academy's annual awards dinner in Washington, D.C. The award is given each year to the doctor whose career exemplifies the ideals of pediatrics through service, advocacy, and contributions to organized pediatrics in Maryland. Felix c, M.D., president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics says Dr. Kappelman has been a "true friend to Maryland's children," over the years.
Dr. Kappelman has dedicated his life to the treatment of children, to research in behavioral pediatrics, and to the training of the next generation of pediatricians. He began his long association with University of Maryland School of Medicine with his graduation in 1955 followed by residency and fellowship appointments at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Kappelman began teaching pediatrics at the School of Medicine in 1960 and was appointed professor of Pediatrics in 1974, a position he still holds today.
Dr. Kappelman's distinguished career also includes military service as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corp and as chief of Pediatrics at a military hospital in Nuremberg, Germany. He also worked as chief of Pediatrics for Church Home and Hospital and Baltimore County General Hospital. Dr. Kappelman has conducted extensive research in behavioral pediatrics. He wrote eight books on the subject and more than 65 journal articles and book chapters.
"Dr. Kappelman has made immeasurable contributions to the healthcare of children locally, statewide and nationally," says Jay Perman, M.D., chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "He is one of our treasures."
"It is truly a great honor to be recognized by your peer group," says Dr. Kappelman.
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