October 11, 2013
Riya V. Anandwala

Two SLU Pediatricians Recognized as Outstanding Leaders for Maternal and Child Health

ST. LOUIS - Two Saint Louis University pediatricians were recognized as outstanding leaders for mothers and babies at a regional award ceremony on Oct. 10.


William Keenan, M.D. is the
professor of pediatrics at SLU.

William Keenan, M.D., professor of pediatrics, received the Dr. Corinne Walentik Provider Champion Award and Donna Halloran, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, received the Dr. Terry Leet Researcher award by the Maternal, Child and Family Health Coalition in St. Louis.

"I'm honored to be receiving an award in Corinne Walentik's name," said Keenan, a SLUCare pediatrician at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. "Corinne was a strong and passionate advocate of child health. She was a dear colleague and an admirable person."

Keenan is a professor in the division of neonatal-perinatal medicine at SLU. He has conducted and directed neonatal research, been a leader in training and educating, and is considered a pioneer in the field of neonatal resuscitation. Keenan was selected for this award because he has impacted the survival rates of babies around the world.
"I worked with Corinne in several capacities for 33 years, she was very devoted to taking care of sick babies," he said. "This award means a lot to me."

Donna Halloran, M.D., is the
assistant professor of pediatrics
at SLU.

The award is named in memory of Walentik, who was a professor of pediatrics at SLU and widely recognized as a passionate advocate for babies and families, particularly for those with little voice, few resources and unequal access to health care.

Halloran, who received the Terry Leet Researcher award, was humbled at the recognition.

"It's an honor to get any kind of award, and to have someone recognize the research I'm doing," said Halloran, a SLUCare pediatrician. "This award is particularly important as Dr. Leet was my sponsor when I first came to SLU. It's very special to me."

A public health faculty member at SLU, Leet was widely recognized locally and nationally as a scientist, teacher and humanitarian.

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease, aging and brain disease, and infectious disease.

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