John Morrison, M.D., Ph.D., won the inaugural Allen W. Root, M.D., Award for Continuous Excellence in Residency.
Root, a pediatric endocrinologist, presented Morrison the award at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Residency Program graduation ceremony June 10, 2017 at the TradeWinds Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The award goes to a graduating resident who has exhibited outstanding leadership and clinical skills that enable him or her to stand out among his or her peers.
"I am honored to have received this award from Dr. Root, whose unparalleled dedication to medicine as a lifelong journey is something to which I aspire," says Morrison, who will remain at Johns Hopkins All Children's as a chief resident. "My success as a resident is the direct result of our program's innovative approach. My own interests in translational research and advancing patient care were cultivated by faculty mentors dedicated to helping trainees pursue their own interests."
The award was created through an endowment Root donated to the Johns Hopkins All Children's Foundation. A nominating committee evaluated candidates on leadership in each of the four Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital pillars---treatment, advocacy, education and research---and assigned points. Morrison emerged as the winner.
The endowment also creates an award in honor of Root's late wife. The inaugural Janet G. Root Award for Outstanding Research by a Fellow will be presented in June 2018.
Root joined the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1973, serving as professor of pediatrics, associate and vice-chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and director of the pediatric residency program. He received the Distinguished Service Award, the Professorial Excellence Award and the Joanne and Charles Fishel Distinguished Scientist Award from USF as well as the Council C. Rudolph Award at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.