2024 Chapter Award Nomination

Thank you for considering nominating a colleague for a Chapter award. Below you will find a list of the awards and previous award winners.  You will find the submission form at the bottom of the page or click here to jump to that section.

Charles M. Vanchiere Child Advocacy Award: This award is given to recognize special efforts to improve the health of children in Louisiana by increasing their access to needed health care.
Dr. Charles M. “Buzzy” Vanchiere was a private pediatrician in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for nearly 30 years, and a tireless advocate for children’s services. He pushed the private sector to accept Medicaid patients when the state first allowed them to bill for screening and diagnostic services. He was president of the LA Chapter of AAP at the time that the federal State Child Health Insurance Legislation was enacted and he was a major force in assuring that Louisiana took advantage of this new opportunity to cover children. He served on medical committees in his parish, in the state and for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He organized and led the Pediatric Society of Southwest Louisiana and the LSU Pediatric Alumni Association. He chaired the Pediatric Advisory Committee for Medicaid and was a member of the Blue Cross Physician Executive Committee. He was also active in the “Children’s Miracle Network” and received it “Miracle Makers” award in 1995 for outstanding service to that program. Dr. Vanchiere died in the year 2000 at the young age of 60 and the Chapter established this award in his name to honor outstanding child advocates.

2023 Floyd Buras, Jr., MD
2022 Stewart Gordon, MD, FAAP
2021 Louis H. Bevrotte, MD
2020 John A. Vanchiere, MD, PhD, FAAP
2018 Eduardo Hernandez, MD
2017 John A. Vanchiere, MD, FAAP
2016 Ann Kay Lobargo, MD, FAAP
2015 Donald Mack, MD, FAAP
2011 Steven Bienvenu, MD, FAAP
2010 Jimmy Guidry, MD
2009 Steven Spedale, MD
2008 J. Ruth Kennedy & Kay Gaudet
2007 Geoffrey Nagle, PhD, MPH, LCSW
2006 William Gill, MD & Joan Wightkin, PhD
2005 Gov. Kathleen Blanco
2004 Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu
2003 Sen. John T. “Tom” Schedler
2002 David Hood*
2000 Rep. Shirley Bowler

Bettina C. Hilman Award for Services to Special Needs Children: This award is given to a pediatrician that has provided significant services for special needs children in the state.
Dr. Bettina Hilman is a renowned authority on pediatric cystic fibrosis. After graduating summa cum laude from Centenary in 1949, Dr. Hilman earned a Master of Science degree from Tulane and then earned her MD from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Dr. Hilman is board certified in both Allergy/Immunology and Pediatric Pulmonary Diseases. Following completion of her training, she held positions in clinics, hospitals and universities throughout the United States and lectured throughout the world. She spent a major part of her career as a researcher and faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. While in Shreveport she served as Chief of the Pulmonary and Allergy Section. During her tenure, she established and served as first director of the LSU Shreveport Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Allergy/Immunology fellowship program.
Dr. Hilman held a number of leadership positions in state and national organizations throughout her career and was an active member of the Louisiana Chapter of the AAP. She served as a member of the AAP’s Task Force on Opportunities of Women in Pediatrics in 1978-9. Dr. Hilman was on the editorial boards of a number of journals and served as the editor-in-chief of the journal Pediatric Asthma, Allergy and Immunology for a number of years.
Dr. Hilman has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Humanitarian Award for the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1989, the Shreveport Medical Society Distinguished Service Award in 1996, the William Stewart Distinguished pediatric Alumni Award from LSUHSC-NO in 1996, the Women Who Make a Difference Award in Shreveport in 1997, and was inducted into the Centenary College Alumni Hall of Fame in 1998. The LA AAP presented the David William Van Gelder Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Hilman in 1996 and the Elizabeth Casenelli Award in 2000.
Named in her honor, the Hilman House opened in September 1988 in Shreveport to provide a homelike residence for cystic fibrosis patients and their families to have free housing while undergoing medical treatment at the Cystic Fibrosis Center in Shreveport.
Throughout her career she was a strong advocate for her patients, for advancing pediatric care, for medical education and for women in medicine.

2022 Ann Tilton, MD
2020 Stephen Levine, MD
2018 Joseph Ortenberg, MD, FAAP
2016 Mary Margaret Gleason, MD, FAAP
2012 Raj Warrior, MD
2010 Jodi Gates, MD
2008 Andrea Starrett, MD
2006 Richard Howes, MD
2004 Robert C. Beckerman
2002 Bettina C. Hilman, MD

Chapter Service Award: This award is to recognize an individual, committee, or special interest group that has most successfully accomplished its goals and objectives in support of chapter priorities.

2023 Michael Judice, MD, FAAP
2022 Michael Bolton, MD, FAAP
2020 Mother’s Milk Bank of Louisiana
2016 Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
2010 Young Physicians Group
2008 Steven B. Spedale, MD, FAAP
2006 Joseph Bocchini, MD
2004 H. Jay Collinsworth/Chapter State Government Affairs Committee
2002 B. J. Foch, MD, FAAP/Chapter CME Committee

Sandra C. Adams Award: This award is to recognize a non-physician in their efforts to improve health of children in Louisiana through advocacy and community involvement.
Sandra C. Adams served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana MCH Coalition from January 1, 1990, when it began, until her retirement on June 20, 2009. The Coalition is a non-profit advocacy organization focused on improving health care for women and children. Ms. Adams was a registered lobbyist at the Louisiana Legislature and worked on a variety of issues including prenatal care, well-child care, adolescent pregnancy, Medicaid eligibility, health insurance reform and comprehensive school health. She concurrently served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and managed both the LA AAP Foundation and the LA Perinatal/MCH Foundation.
Her career was shaped by a diverse combination of business, government and non-profit experience in states from coast to coast. After graduation from the University of Maryland, she worked on injury prevention at the US Department of Health and Welfare in Washington, DC. She moved to New York and served as a human resources officer at Bankers Trust Company on Wall Street and then moved to the west coast where she was a financial analyst for Xerox in Los Angeles. After moving to Louisiana, she sought work in the non-profit realm and led community services for the elderly until she was appointed to a term as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs.
Ms. Adams also has an extensive list of volunteer accomplishments including:
• Board of Trustees, Woman’s Health Foundation/Woman’s Hospital (Past Chair)
• Capital Area United Way Board of Directors and Chair of Community Partnership Division (Allocation Process)
• Council for a Better Louisiana (Member of Board and Executive Committee)
• Past President of WRKF, Public Radio
• Founder and first president of La. Senior Olympics

2022 Amanda Perry, MEd, NRP
2020 Paula Zeanah, PhD, MSN, BSN
2018 Rick Wheat
2016 Mary Perrin
2012 Sue Catchings
2011 Joe Bocchini, MD, FAAP
2009 Sandra C. Adams


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2024 Chapter Award Nominations

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