Douglas J. Barrett Award
Douglas J. Barrett Academic Fellowship Physician Awards
The awards are named in honor of Douglas J.Barrett, M.D.. Dr. Barrett was chairman of the Department of Pediatrics from 1991 to 2002. During his tenure he mentored 208 pediatric residents and 84 pediatric subspecialty fellows. The residents under his tutelage consistently scored 100 points above the national average on their Board Certifying Exams. The Department received three “Golden Apple” awards over a six-year period as the best teaching department in the College of Medicine. In addition, the department attracted UF students into a career in pediatrics at twice the national rate.
In clinical care, Barrett is noted for establishing Shands Children’s Hospital in 1996 as a hospital within a hospital, a Children’s Specialty Center at Shands Medical Plaza, and a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. During that time, children’s services accomplished numerous “Florida Firsts” including nitric oxide therapy for respiratory failure, umbilical cord stem cell transplant, pediatric lung and heart/lung transplantation, gene therapy for cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary valvuloplasty in < 1000 gm premature infants.
In the areas of research, Barrett increased by 10-fold the amount of nationally competitive NIH funding received by the department, including world class research programs in AIDS/HIV, epilepsy/seizure prediction, Type I Diabetes, gene therapy for heart failure and lung disease, nerve cell tumors and genetic obesity syndromes. Research increased to 50% the proportion ofthe total department budget covered by extramural research grants, and the faculty received University of Florida College of Medicine Clinical Sciences Faculty Research Awards three times.
In March 2002, Dr.Barrett was named the Vice President of the University of Florida Health Affairs.
Grant funding has been established through the Children’s Miracle Network for the Douglas J. Barrett Academic Fellowship Award to support clinical fellows in training in pediatric medical or surgical subspecialties.
The Douglas J. Barrett Academic Fellowship Award recipients were chosen for their work displaying the highest qualities of scholarly activity in research, teaching and patient care.