Dr. SchoeneckerWashington University physician Perry Schoenecker, MD, orthopedic surgeon at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and chief of pediatric orthopedics at Shriners Hospital for Children, received the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the World Pediatric Project (WPP) at the organization’s year-end celebration.

The award was created to recognize an individual or group whose work with WPP exemplifies a deep dedication to the organization’s vision: Every child, regardless of geography, will have access to quality, critical care in order to live a full and productive life.

“Dr. Schoenecker was chosen to receive this inaugural award because of his nearly 10-year commitment to WPP. During that time, he performed surgeries on many children from Central America, the Caribbean and many other countries, improving and changing their lives forever,” says Kate Corbett, WPP senior program director.

World Pediatric Project was founded as International Hospital for Children in 2001 and in 2011 merged with a nonprofit organization in St. Louis to become WPP. The organization’s mission is to heal critically ill children and build indigenous health care capacity in developing nations. It sends an average of 30 medical teams per year to Central America and the Caribbean and brings an average of 40 children to the United States annually.