Dr. Thomas Chiu Receives Prestigious Coalition Honor

Dr. Thomas Chiu, Healthy Start Board Member and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, received the 2012 Philip H. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service last week at the Coalition’s annual meeting. The award, given each January, is reserved for a dedicated and passionate volunteer who shares Healthy Start’s vision and actively contributes to the realization of Coalition goals.

In addition to serving as Chariman of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Chiu serves as the North Central Regional Medical Director with the State of Florida Children’s Medical Services and is Board Certified in Pediatrics as well as in Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine.  Under his tenure, the Dept. of Pediatrics has received Golden Apple for Outstanding Teaching from medical students four of the last six years, and Dr. Chiu has been recognized the past five years as Exemplary Teacher by the University of Florida.

Dr. Chiu was a pioneer in establishing a collaborative, citywide Neonatology program and several public health/academic partnership efforts. With his busy academic, clinical and administrative schedule, Dr. Chiu still finds time to fill many speaking engagements and be active on several community boards including the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Hope Haven and March of Dimes. He also leads an annual scientific exchange between community physicians in Hong Kong, China and Jacksonville. He soon will be stepping down as Chairman of the Department but will continue his dedication to caring for children in the community through his work with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, educating pediatric residents and medical students, and his original path of caring for newborns.

The Gilbert Award was established in 2006 in memory of the Coalition’s founding Chairman, Philip H. Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert was a tireless advoacte for women, children and families.