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Noteworthy Pediatricians


Alwyn Cohall
Alwyn Cohall

Kiran Belani
Kiran Belani

Donna Futterman
Donna Futterman

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, one of the most heartrending U.S. jobs in HIV was held by pediatricians. If you think providing medical care to dying young adults was hard -- and it most certainly was -- imagine trying to care for babies, toddlers and young children, most of whom could scarcely grasp the concept of HIV, much less the likelihood that it would soon claim their lives. In those difficult years, children born to HIV-infected mothers often did not make it past the age of 10 -- and those who did were often left without mothers, who succumbed to the virus themselves after passing it to their kids.

Thanks to the strenuous efforts of researchers and the tireless, dedicated work of the three HIV pediatricians we honor here, the number of HIV-positive mothers transmitting HIV to their babies in the United States has dropped to a fraction of its former level, and children living with HIV are able to grow into adolescence (and beyond) with the same opportunities in life as anybody else. The Body is pleased to honor three physicians who specialize in Pediatric AIDS.


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