David Allen, MD, chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program, received the 2014 University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Presidential Physician Leadership Award.
The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and a commitment to the mission, vision and values of UW Health—within their department, across the organization and through community service activities that extend beyond discipline-specific professional activities.
Dr. Allen is respected by his colleagues and learners alike. Throughout his career, he has provided service and leadership within UW Health and externally. For example, he directed the pediatric residency program from 1994-2007, and chaired the UW Center for Health Sciences promotions committee from 1999-2000. In 2007, he was honored with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s “Courage to Teach” award, and in 2010, he was elected president of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.
In 2011, he 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 address health risks associated with childhood obesity. Dr. Allen envisioned this group working toward a “30,000-foot solution, not one simply focused on the individual, but rather one involving community collaboration, intervention and support.”
The collaborative has since grown to over 90 organizations and individuals working to improve the physical activity and nutrition environment for children in Dane County.
“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,” said 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.”