Allen family gift establishes new ‘Inspiring Children’ lectureship

David Allen, MD
Above, David Allen, MD, professor and division chief in Endocrinology and Diabetes

The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the establishment of a new annual lectureship, “The Allen Family Foundation Inspiring Children Lectureship.” Each July, this lectureship will welcome new trainees into the profound and complex journey that is pediatrics, and further inspire and motivate those already on the path.

The inaugural lecture, “Ode to six children that shaped a career,” will be presented by David Allen, MD, professor and division chief in Endocrinology and Diabetes, and one of the endowed gift’s initial donors. The lecture will be delivered in a hybrid format on Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Attendees can choose to attend in-person in the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) Room 1345, or join the live-streamed lecture through Zoom. The lecture will be immediately followed by an in-person New Intern Reception at 8:45 a.m. in HSLC Room 1345. The reception is free, but those who wish to attend must register by Friday, July 8.

Allen describes the lectureship as an opportunity to reflect on the experiences that pediatricians and clinician-scientists have with young patients that shape career choices, influence research paths, and prompt self-reflection about being even more careful and compassionate people. “As pediatricians, we honor children when we remember, acknowledge, and keep close to our hearts the important effect they’ve had in our lives as professionals and persons,” explained Allen. The annual lectureship will provide a motivational mentoring talk from an experienced pediatrician describing how pediatric patients have inspired and influenced them.

The initial donation to the lectureship’s endowment came from the David and Sally Allen Family Foundation. To join in supporting the Inspiring Children Lectureship, visit