Highly regarded neonatologist noted for excellence in clinical care, mentoring

Hackett-Brian-photo-300x200.jpgBrian P. Hackett, MD, PhD, a professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, has been named the Philip R. Dodge, MD, Scholar in Pediatrics.

Dr. Hackett recently was installed by Gary A. Silverman, MD, PhD, the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor and head of the department of pediatrics. The department and university are funding the position, named in honor of the esteemed School of Medicine pediatrician recognized as a founder of pediatric neurology.

“Brian Hackett embodies the dedication to fellowship training, student mentoring and pediatric clinical care that Philip Dodge displayed on a daily basis,” Dr. Silverman said. “Similarly, Brian possesses innovative, cutting-edge skills as well as compassion and long-term vision.”

A highly regarded neonatologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH), Dr. Hackett serves as director of both the Neonatal- Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program and the Office of Faculty Development. His research has included identifying a gene essential for differentiation in respiratory cells.

The Philip R. Dodge, MD, Scholar in Pediatrics is one of three pediatric scholar positions established in 2013 that honor acclaimed former pediatricians at the university and SLCH. Dr. Dodge served as head of the department of pediatrics from 1967 to 1986. A professor emeritus of pediatrics and of neurology, Dr.Dodge is credited with bringing the department and Children’s Hospital to international prominence for clinical care, teaching and research. Known for his vision, wisdom and compassion, he was a respected clinician and revered teacher and mentor. He died in 2009. 

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