David Allen Receives Presidential Physician Leadership Award

David B. Allen, MD, professor of pediatrics and head of endocrinology and diabetes and director of the Endocrine Fellowship Program at American Family Children’s Hospital, has been named recipient of the 2014 University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Presidential Physician Leadership Award.


David B. Allen

As a leader, Dr. Allen is respected by his colleagues and learners alike. He strives for excellence and works together with colleagues within and outside his department to achieve successful improvements that encourage both cooperation and efficiency.


Throughout his career, Dr. Allen has provided service and leadership not only within UW Health, but externally, as well. From 1994-2007, he served as the program director for the Pediatric Residency Program. He also served as chair for the UW Center for Health Sciences (CI-IS) Promotions Committee from 1999-2000. Since 2004, he has served as program director of the pediatric endocrinology and diabetes section.


Dr. Allen has been named to “America’s Top Specialty Physicians” every year from 1998-2014. In 2007, he was honored with a “Courage to Teach” award given by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. In 2010, he was elected president of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.


Dr. Allen finds a way to bring to the surface the nuanced concerns each patient and family has and is an expert at explaining complexities in simple digestible terms, making it easy to understand.


“After sharing some difficult news with a family or counseling a family through a challenging decision, Dr. Allen frequently shares a personal sentiment with me,” says a colleague. “He shares how hard this must be for the family, and expresses that his advice to families in these situations is guided by what would be best for their child, as if it was his own child. This reflects Dr. Allen’s compassion and empathy toward the families he cares for.”


In addition to his leadership within UW Health, Dr. Allen is also a leader in our community. In 2011, Dr. Allen and Nan Peterson, director of children’s advocacy at American Family Children’s Hospital, founded the Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative to develop and promote policies to combat the affects of the obesity epidemic. Frustrated by the impact of obesity he saw in his clinic, Dr. Allen envisioned what he called a “30,000-foot solution, not one focused on the individual.” For this answer, he looked to the community for collaboration, intervention and support.


Under his leadership, the collaborative has grown to over 90 organizations and individuals working to improve the physical activity and nutrition environment for children in Dane County.


“Dr. Allen is dedicated to the betterment of the Madison community, from within the hospital, to the clinics, to the schools and community at large,” says a colleague. “You may hear Dr. Allen’s generosity in the form of piano tunes at a local benefit, as he volunteers his time and skills to perform often. Dr. Allen planted his roots in Madison years ago, and his contributions to Madison continue to grow.”


“I am lucky to be able to know Dr. Allen. It is rare that one person can thrive as a clinician, a leader, a teacher, a mentor, and a community supporter,” says a colleague. “Whether he is working with his colleagues, mentees, and students, or caring for his patients and their families in clinic, Dr. Allen always seeks a human connection and a way to energize individuals to carve their path toward success, happiness and well-being.”

Date Published: 10/06/2014

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