Alan D. Bedrick, M.D. '78, named Penn State Distinguished Alumnus

Alan D. Bedrick, M.D. '78, is the recipient of the 2013 Penn State University Distinguished Alumni Award (the highest honor that the University bestows upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus). The award recognizes the achievements of alumni whose "personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater."

An expert in perinatal and neonatal medicine, Bedrick has dedicated his career to caring for critically ill newborns, demonstrating not only the highest level of clinical skill but also the compassion and empathy required to care for the parents of these tiny patients. He is respected among his peers for his scientific expertise, and has been published widely in the field of neonatology. Bedrick has presented numerous scientific papers, lectures and seminars. A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, he has served in leadership roles in professional organizations and as a member of the editorial boards of important journals in his field. 

Bedrick is currently professor of pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he also serves as chief of the section of neonatology and developmental biology. Following in the path of the Penn State College of Medicine faculty who served as his mentors, he is passionate about teaching and mentoring medical students and residents, and encouraging them to pursue careers in pediatrics and neonatology. Bedrick has also held faculty positions at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Bedrick's dedication to Penn State is evident in his tireless leadership and service. He has served on the Penn State Alumni Council since 2006, and was recognized with the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007. As president of the College of Medicine Alumni Society from 2006 to 2008, he not only brought new vitality to the Alumni Society but also was an active participant in many activities at the College of Medicine, modeling for students the vital role that alumni can play in the life of the Penn State Hershey campus. In 2009, Bedrick received the Society's Cheston Berlin, M.D. Service Award, named for one of his mentors, in recognition of his leadership and service. Through his philanthropic support for the College of Medicine and in particular for student scholarships, he sets an example for his fellow alumni and for our current students that is valuable beyond measure.

Bedrick will be formally recognized during Traditional Reunion Weekend at University Park May 31-June 1, 2013.

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