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Surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Selected for Community Award

Three surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Department of Pediatric Surgery have been selected to receive a 2004 African-American Leadership Award from WQED Multimedia and Duquesne Light.

Representing Children’s are Henri R. Ford, MD, chief of pediatric surgery and director of the Benedum Trauma Program; Edward M. Barksdale Jr., MD, pediatric surgeon and co-director of the hospital’s Intestinal Care Center; and Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD, also a pediatric surgeon.

The Children’s surgeons were chosen for an African-American Leadership Award in the category of Civic, Community and Humanitarian. Three other people or organizations will receive awards in the categories of: Arts, Culture and Recreation; Business and Government; and Education.

Drs. Barksdale, Ford and Upperman, as well as recipients of the other awards, will be honored during the 14th annual Black History Month Celebration – sponsored by WQED Multimedia and Duquesne Light – on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at WQED Studios in Oakland.

The Leadership Awards honor African-Americans making a positive impact on people living in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

Children’s Pediatric Surgery Department provides comprehensive care to infants and children of all ages with surgical problems. It also directs the Benedum Trauma Program, the only Level I (highest level) pediatric trauma program in western Pennsylvania and one of the busiest trauma centers in the country.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,

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February 19, 2008