|Allen Root, M.D. Named 2012 Health Care Hero in Lifetime Achievement Category|
A pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Root has helped thousands of young patients at All Children's Hospital over the years. He has made many contributions to clinical care, endocrine research, pediatric medical education and child health policy. Dr. Root was a teacher and mentor for pediatric residents and endocrinology fellows who now practice in Florida and beyond. Some now lead pediatric endocrinology programs, including in Seoul and Tel Aviv.
In 1979, Dr. Root was appointed to the State of Florida's Infant Screening Advisory Committee; at that time Florida screened only for PKU (now infants are screened for more than 40 congenital disorders). He immediately began to advocate for screening for congenital hypothyroidism, which was added in 1980 and has prevented mental retardation in thousands of Florida children since that time. He advocated for and helped establish the neonatal screening program for congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Dr. Root chaired the Infant Screening Advisory Committee for 12 years.
Dr. Root joined the USF 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. Over the years he has been honored by USF with the Distinguished Service Award, the Professorial Excellence Award and the Joanne & Charles Fishel Distinguished Scientist Award, and honored by All Children's Hospital with the Councill C. Rudolph Medical Staff Award for dedication to children's healthcare and with the establishment of the ACH Resident of the Year award and the Kuehnle Visiting Professorship in Pediatric Endocrinology - both being named in his honor.