The American Pediatric Society Honors Dr. Alan Jobe with the 2024 APS John Howland Award

Distinguished pediatrics leader is recognized for his significant contributions to advancing child health and the profession of pediatrics.

HOUSTON, Nov. 1, 2023 – The American Pediatric Society (APS) is pleased to announce Alan Jobe, MD, PhD, as the 2024 APS John Howland Award recipient, the highest honor bestowed by the APS. The prestigious award signifies the society’s recognition of Dr. Jobe for his significant contributions to advancing child health and the profession of pediatrics. The award will be presented to Dr. Jobe during the APS Presidential Plenary at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2024 Meeting in Toronto, Canada, May 2 – May 6.

The APS John Howland Award was created in honor of clinician-scientist John Howland, MD. Since 1952, the annual award has recognized individuals for their distinguished service to pediatrics.

Dr. Jobe is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Jobe’s career has been characterized by pioneering scientific, clinical, and epidemiologic research in neonatal lung diseases, and his commitment to improving the outcomes of neonatal and perinatal medicine worldwide, especially in low-income countries, led to his selection as a key advisor to the Gates Foundation. He developed the novel concepts underlying the pathogenesis of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), leading to a surge of work by many laboratories and clinical investigators, which has helped to advance the field. Dr. Jobe’s work has warranted continuous support from the NIH and other funders for more than 42 years.

APS President, Dr. Michael DeBaun, commented, “Dr. Jobe’s impeccable service to pediatrics, neonatal-perinatal medicine, obstetrics, and physiology is demonstrably profound and wide-ranging. He is the epitome of the pediatrician’s pediatrician for many issues relevant to clinical care, hypothesis-driven science, and academic medicine. The depth and breadth of his work over the last four decades have profoundly impacted modern pediatric care. His fundamental insights around respiratory physiology and pulmonary function provide the basis for current practices for mechanical ventilation of the neonate, non-invasive respiratory support, stabilization, and resuscitation of newborns following delivery, and management of respiratory distress syndrome. He remains one of the most highly cited clinician-scientists in Pediatrics. As such, Dr. Jobe leverages his deep understanding of basic science and medical practice to be at the forefront of education, research, and clinical practice in neonatal-perinatal medicine.”

Beyond his role as an international thought leader in the scientific community, Dr. Jobe has been an extraordinary mentor and educator. His influence in these roles is evidenced in the extraordinary list of mentees, who now serve as leaders throughout many academic medical institutions as successful scientists, section heads, and department chairs. Dozens of these scientists work in the United States, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Jobe’s impact on the field is further reflected by his engagement in several national and international organizations, such as the NIH, Society for Pediatric Research, and Pediatric Academic Societies. His past leadership roles include APS Secretary/Treasurer, President of the American Thoracic Society, and Chair of the Steering Committees of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network and the Global Research Network.

Please visit the APS website for more information about Dr. Jobe and the APS John Howland Award.


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