Kevin Patrick Lally, M.D., M.S. will receive the Coe Medal at the 2017 PAPS meeting in Seattle Dr. Lally has served PAPS over many years on both the Publications and Program Committees, as Chair of the Publications Committee, as Treasurer, and, most recently as President. Furthermore, he has authored or co-authored numerous studies presented at PAPS which have subsequently been published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
His career has successfully embraced a strong commitment to excellence in Pediatric Surgery through research, teaching and clinical practice. He currently holds the A. G. McNesse Chair in Pediatric Surgery and is Professor and Chairman of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Texas (Houston) School of Medicine. He has been awarded NIH grants for his clinical research and has authored or co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications and over 40 book chapters. He serves as a reviewer for 10 prominent scientific journals. In addition to PAPS, he is a member of numerous other scientific organizations and has served in prominent executive positions in most, including the American College of Surgeons Governors Committee Chair, the American Pediatric Surgical Association Board of Governors and as Chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section. He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence. Most significantly, his commitment to education and mentorship has been extensive and very productive. He has supervised the training of 10 research fellows, has successfully educated 11 pediatric surgery trainees, and has served as a mentor/advisor in establishing and supporting the careers of 5 academic pediatric surgeons, resulting in 4 successful NIH grants and numerous other foundation grants.
Moreover, the impact which Dr. Lally has had on the science and practice of Pediatric Surgery worldwide has been remarkable. He was instrumental over 20 years ago in creating a comprehensive, multi-institutional CDH Data Base, now with over 70 international pediatric centers contributing, and in initiating the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Study Group. Using this data base, the study group has generated over 40 investigations resulting in publications and, thus, substantially advancing the treatment of children born with this condition.
Dr. Lally’s accomplishments characterize the finest goals which PAPS embraces through the Coe Medal Award. He is an outstanding ambassador for Pediatric Surgery and PAPS. We are proud to award him this honor.