Sheikh Zayed Prize for Pediatric Surgical Innovation Presented by Children’s National Medical Center (USA)

WAM WASHINGTON, DC, June 17, 2013 (WAM) — Omar Al Shamsi, Deputy Chief of Mission of the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC, presented the inaugural Sheikh Zayed Prize for Pediatric Surgical Innovation to Dr. Heung Bae Kim of Boston Children’s Hospital. The prize recognizes a mid-career individual who has successfully advanced surgical care for children, and includes a $20,000 award.

The prize presentation took place on June 13th following Dr. Heung’s presentation on “Patient Inspired Surgical Innovation,” during the First Annual Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium in Washington, DC, hosted by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

“Dr. Heung Bae Kim is a true leader and innovator in the field of pediatric medicine,” said Mr. Al Shamsi. “I hope recognizing his significant achievements to advance surgical care for children around the world will encourage his and others’ combined contributions to pediatric surgery.

Sheikh Zayed, the late founder and first President of the UAE, was devoted to sharing the resources of our country to help improve the lives of people at home and abroad. It is only fitting that this prize bears his name and continues his legacy of supporting pioneers in health-care delivery.” Dr. Heung Bae Kim is internationally recognized in pediatric surgery and transplantation. His research focuses on developing and testing alternatives to existing surgical procedures. He is Director of the Pediatric Transplant Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He originated a new procedure for short bowel syndrome, the STEP technique, now used when standard surgery is not feasible.

The Children’s National Medical Center’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation was launched in 2009. The Institute, which aims to make surgery more precise, less invasive and pain-free for children, was made possible by a $150 million gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi to The Children’s National Medical Center.

The Sheikh Zayed Institute works to redefine what is possible in children’s surgery and children’s health-care through innovative research and development with a focus on pain medicine, immunology, bio-engineering and personalized medicine WAM/MZ/CM