Kathi Kemper Receives National Leadership Award for Integrative Pediatrics

December 5, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Kathi J. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., a pioneer in wellness promotion and integrative health care for children, received the inaugural IPC Leadership Award from the Integrative Pediatrics Council, a group of concerned health care practitioners and child health advocates. Kemper received the award in November at “Pangea 2008: A Conference for the Future of Children’s Health” in New York.

Kemper is the Caryl J. Guth Chair for Holistic and Integrative Medicine and professor of pediatrics, public health sciences, and family and community medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

“The decision to honor Dr. Kemper with the first IPC Leadership Award was unanimous. She is without a doubt one of the country’s finest pediatricians and has long led the way toward an integrative model of health for children,” said Lawrence D. Rosen, M.D., chair of the Integrative Pediatrics Council and founder of the Whole Child Center in northern New Jersey.

An influential advocate, clinician and researcher in the field of integrative pediatrics, which combines the best of conventional and complementary approaches to the health care of children, Kemper founded and chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. She is also past president of the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association. Prior to her appointment at Wake Forest, she founded the Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research at Boston's Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Kemper’s book The Holistic Pediatrician is considered an important resource for health care practitioners, medical educators and families. In response to being named the first recipient of the IPC Leadership Award, she said, “I'm thrilled and deeply grateful to win this prestigious award. Fifteen years ago, when I wrote The Holistic Pediatrician, I could not have imagined that there would even be an Integrative Pediatrics Council. Now there are more than 200 members of the new Section for Complementary and Integrative Medicine within the American Academy of Pediatrics and more than 300 members of the IPC Network. I am deeply grateful to my compassionate, innovative, dedicated colleagues who are working together in many disciplines across the world to enhance the health of children and families.”

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Photo: Kathi J. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H.

Media Contacts:
IPC: Lawrence D. Rosen, M.D., (201) 634-1600, info@integrativepeds.org
WFUBMC: Mark Wright, (336) 716-3382, mwright@wfubmc.edu

The Integrative Pediatrics Council (www.integrativepeds.org) is a non-profit dedicated to transforming children’s health care. Their mission is to enhance the health and development of children, families and communities by leading the evolution of pediatric health care toward integrative, high-quality, accessible care.

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