Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD, FRCPI, DCH was awarded the 2009 Masters Award in Gastroenterology by the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) for Outstanding Achievement in Basic or Clinical Digestive Sciences Research. The AGA Masters Awards were created to recognize and celebrate the achievements of “the best and the brightest in the field of gastroenterology.”
Dr. Jadcherla is an attending neonatologist and medical director of The Neonatal and Infant Feeding Disorders Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; and a principal investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also an associate professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Dr. Jadcherla is one of very few pediatric specialists to receive this award from the AGA an association of more than 15,000 members worldwide. Last year, Nationwide Children’s chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, received the award.
“It is incredible that two Nationwide Children’s GI researchers have received this international award,” said John Barnard, MD, president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s. “The significance cannot be overstated.” The award also is noteworthy since Dr. Jadcherla is a neonatologist rather than a practicing gastroenterologist.
Dr. Jadcherla’s research focuses on neonatal feeding disorders. His clinical research works to define the mechanisms of feeding failure and airway compromise in developing infants and to pave the way for evidence-based diagnosis and therapeutic intervention particularly in neonatal dysphagia, gastroesophageal reflux disease and chronic lung disease of infancy. The Neonatal and Infant Feeding Disorders Program at Nationwide Children’s, which Dr. Jadcherla leads, is the only one in the world taking a multi-organ perspective to understand infant feeding disorders.
“I don’t work for awards or honors. My goal is to improve the quality of life for neonates struggling with feeding disorders. I am passionate about making a difference in their and their families’ lives,” said Dr. Jadcherla. “Receiving this award was humbling; I am honored to be included in this distinguished group of clinicians and scientists.” Dr. Jadcherla credits his success to his mentors and his wife and two children for their support and sacrifice. “This could not have happened without my family’s support which I treasure,” he explained.
This year is the 15th year for the Masters Awards, which were presented in Chicago.
NOTE TO EDITOR: Dr. Jadcherla is a resident of New Albany, Ohio.