Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00pm • The Union League Club of New York
NMF Distinguished Alumni Award
David G. Nichols, MD
President and CEO
American Board of Pediatrics
As President and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. David G. Nichols actively promotes high quality health care for children by upholding the standards of certification in pediatrics, and by encouraging and facilitating initiatives in quality improvement. Although Dr. Nichols assumed his new leadership role in late 2012, he has been associated with the American Board of Pediatrics for thirty years.
His career achievements demonstrate his dedication to tracking statistical outcomes back to the importance of education and certification. As the Mary Wallace Stanton Professor and the Vice Dean for Education at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Nichols oversaw undergraduate, graduate, residency, post-doctoral and continuing medical education programs. During his tenure, he led a wide variety of significant initiatives to improve the school of medicine’s innovative use of technology in education; update the medical school’s curriculum; improve faculty development; restructure graduate medical education; and oversee the design of a new $50 million medical education building.
From 1984 to 1987, Dr. Nichols was associate director of the residency education program in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He became director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care and of the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in 1988. The division was merged with pediatric anesthesiology under Dr. Nichols’ leadership in 1997. During this period, he trained and mentored more than 50 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom now are professors or directors of PICUs in the United States and abroad. Dr. Nichols became a full professor of anesthesiology/critical care medicine and pediatrics in 1998 and a professor of education in 2005.
Dr. Nichols is a graduate of Yale University (BA 1973) and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MD 1977). He has authored more than 100 journal articles, chapters and books, including Rogers’ Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care and Critical Heart Disease in Infants and Children – two leading textbooks in the field.
In 2006, the American Academy of Pediatrics section on Critical Care Medicine awarded Dr. Nichols its Distinguished Career Achievement Award. This honor recognizes his dedication throughout his career to improving health care for children worldwide.