Dr. Louis DiNicola honored by Vermont Medical Society

Randolph pediatrician and immediate past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter Louis DiNicola, M.D., was given the Physician Award for Community Service by the Vermont Medical Society during its 200th annual meeting Oct. 19, at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vt. 

Dr. DiNicola was recognized not only for his decades of service to Randolph’s children and families, but also for his response to the impact of Tropical Storm Irene.  In the immediate aftermath, he galvanized the pediatric community to identify and mitigate the physical and emotional threats to children’s health that resulted from the storm.  Dr. DiNicola garnered funding from the American Academy of Pediatrics Friends of Children Disaster Relief Fund to support these efforts, making small grants available to communities for a variety of projects (e.g., assuring access to mental health resources and restoring a children’s playground that had been destroyed by the storm).  

And his crowning achievement was the creation and publication of a volume entitled Children, Trauma and the Arts.  This book was created in hopes that it would encourage practitioners to call on the arts as powerful supports in liberating children from trauma.

The Physician Award for Community Services is granted annually to a physician who has compiled an outstanding record of community service, which, apart from his or her specific identification as a physician, reflects well on the profession.

During the same ceremony, Dr. DiNicola presented the VMS citizen of the year award to Senator Patrick Leahy received the Citizen of the Year Award for his efforts in the aftermath of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.


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