The death of Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., MD, in 1986, removed from American pediatrics a leader with vision and selfless dedication to the ideal of excellence.  His concern for the patient and the future of health care was well known.  Certainly he was a leader in the forums addressing issues concerning the future of pediatric education and research.  It seemed appropriate, therefore, to honor his memory in a manner that would remind present and future generations of pediatricians that one individual can make a difference, and all should try, when the health care of children is at stake.

The member societies of the FOPO established an endowment fund for what is now the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award. Dr. St. Geme’s stature in pediatrics was reflected by his meaningful participation in all facets of pediatrics as demonstrated by the sponsorship of this award by the FOPO member organizations.

2017 St. Geme Awardee

Carol Carraccio, MD

Dr. Carraccio is a pediatric generalist, having completed a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in general academic pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She spent 25 years of her career as a residency program director, during which time she obtained a master’s degree in education from Loyola College in Maryland. She has served in a number of leadership roles including President of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, Chair of the ACGME Review Committee for Pediatrics, and Director of the Initiative for Innovation in Pediatric Education. She also led the Pediatrics Milestone Project. Three years ago she joined the staff at the American Board of Pediatrics as Vice President for Competency-based Assessment. Her current work focuses on practical implementation of Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities in assessment across the education, training and practice continuum.

 Past Winners


The criteria for the selection of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., MD Leadership Award recipient are as follows:

The individual must be a pediatrician who is perceived as a role model for others to emulate, as a clinician, an educator, and/or an investigator.

The individual must be a leader who has "created a future" for pediatrics and for children and has played an active role in one or more organizations sponsoring this award.

The individual should preferably have a record of broad sustained contributions to pediatrics that have had or will have a major impact on child health.

The individual must be currently active in pediatrics.

The individual can be retired member of any of the pediatric organizations sponsoring this award.