Clayton, Frangoul elected to American Pediatric Society
By Carole Bartoo
February 28, 2013
Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D., Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Law, and Haydar Frangoul, M.D., Carolyn Perot Rathjen Chair and Professor of Pediatrics have been elected to the American Pediatric Society (APS).
Clayton and Frangoul will be inducted along with colleagues Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., the Amos Christie Chair and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH), and Fernando Polack, M.D., the Cesar Milstein Chair in Pediatrics, at the society’s annual meeting, May 4-7, in Washington, D.C.
Frangoul founded the bone marrow transplantation program at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and serves both as a Pediatric Hematology/Oncologist at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital and as director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Vanderbilt.
Frangoul’s research has spanned work in stem cell sources from both unrelated donors and ideal related sources, to the impact of the war in Iraq on the treatment of young leukemia patients in Baghdad to the effects experienced by long-term survivors of bone marrow transplant.
He recently established a new therapeutic program at Children’s Hospital using high dose I-131 MIBG therapy in patients with neuroblastoma and other neuroendocrine tumors.
Clayton, a pediatrician, law professor and health policy expert, is a co-founder of Vanderbilt‘s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. She has specialized for many years in the biomedical ethics and legalities surrounding pre- and post-natal genetic testing, newborn screening and fetal medicine.
She serves on many advisory committees at the local, state, national and international levels. Clayton was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2006 and has served on several IOM committees over the years, including a group that cleared childhood vaccination of purported links with autism in the general population.
The APS, founded in 1888, is the oldest honorary society for academic pediatricians. Members are recognized for leadership, teaching, research and contributions at a national and international level.