Alan D. Bedrick, MD, professor and chief, Section of Neonatology and Developmental Biology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Pennsylvania State University.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor that Penn State bestows upon an alumnus. The award salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater. Individuals are nominated by a college within the university and chosen by the university’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Bedrick received the award at the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Awards Ceremony on May 31 at Penn State
Dr. Bedrick earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State and his medical degree from Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the UA College of Medicine and completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, in Syracuse.
In 2007, Dr. Bedrick returned to the UA Department of Pediatrics as professor and section head of neonatology. At that time, he was named the Arizona Elks Endowed Chair in Neonatology Research, which is held through the UA Steele Children’s Research Center. His research focuses on neonatal ethics, public health aspects of perinatal/neonatal health-care delivery and experimental models of neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis. As a neonatologist, Dr. Bedrick provides care for critically ill newborns and premature babies in the neonatal intensive care units at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and Northwest Hospital.
Throughout his career, Dr. Bedrick has taught medical students and pediatric residents and has received numerous teaching awards. He and his wife Sally founded the Bedrick Family Medical Student Research Program Award as a way to help medical students at Penn State reduce their educational debt.
Dr. Bedrick has volunteered for the March of Dimes in Baltimore and Tucson and currently is a member of the board of directors of the Arizona Perinatal Trust.