Sergio Stagno, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, will be awarded the UAB President’s Medal during UAB's fall commencement ceremony Dec. 14.
The President’s Medal recognizes individuals who have attained scholarly distinction and/or rendered distinguished service to UAB; it is one of the highest honors bestowed by UAB.
Stagno has been a world leader in combating pediatric infectious diseases, serving on the executive committee of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and several National Institutes of Health study sections and advisory councils. His research has focused on cytomegalovirus — especially regarding infection acquired during pregnancy — and the consequences of the disease for children.
Through the Child Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization directed by Stagno, he has provided funding for the establishment of three centers of excellence in Chile and promoted the exchange of pediatricians in training between these universities and UAB.
A list of previous medal recipients is online.