The American Pediatric Society names Dr. Rachel Katzenellenbogen as the recipient of the 2024 Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award

HOUSTON, Nov. 15, 2023 – The American Pediatric Society (APS) is pleased to announce Rachel Katzenellenbogen, MD, as the 2024 Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award recipient for her considerable contributions to pediatric science. The award will be presented to Dr. Katzenellenbogen during the APS Presidential Plenary at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2024 Meeting.

The award was created in honor of one of the world’s leading nephrologists, Norman J. Siegel, MD, FASN. Dr. Siegel was an outstanding teacher and mentor, nurturing the early careers of numerous fellows and residents. He was a leader within the medical community and educated the parents of the children he treated and left a lasting impression on their families.

Dr. Katzenellenbogen is the chief of the Adolescent Medicine division at Riley Children’s Health. She is the Richard E. and Pauline P. Klingler Endowed Professor of Pediatrics and a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine. Dr. Katzenellenbogen has distinguished herself nationally and internationally as an innovative investigator for her work on human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and their associated cancers.

APS President, Dr. Michael DeBaun, commented, “Dr. Katzenellenbogen is an extraordinarily talented physician-scientist who is an established investigator and leader in national human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and associated cancers. She serves our national organizations generously in various leadership positions, is an outstanding role model for all trainees, particularly young women, and has a passion for developing this underrepresented group of trainees. Finally, she is an exemplary and visionary leader in health on both a regional and national level. She is also the co-director of the Center for HPV Research at IU and the Co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention Program at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

Throughout her career, Dr. Katzenellenbogen has shown a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring the next generation of pediatric investigators. While at the University of Washington, she proposed, founded, and led the Office of Teaching, Education, and Research (OTER) before joining IU. She also formalized a summer research internship program for high school students and undergraduates. At The Katzenellenbogen’s laboratory at IU, she is building a talented and ethnically diverse group of next-generation leaders of a range of ages, including high school students, undergraduates, and PhD and MSTP students.

Before joining the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, Dr. Katzenellenbogen was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Katzenellenbogen graduated from Harvard University and completed medical school at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Please visit the APS website for more information about Dr. Katzenellenbogen and the Norman J. Siegel Outstanding Science Award.


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