Lohr honored by N.C. Pediatric Society

Jacob Lohr, MD, who has trained more than 5,000 doctors during his career, was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award from the N.C. Pediatric Society.

Lohr honored by N.C. Pediatric Society click to enlarge Dr. Mike Steiner presents the award to Dr. Jake Lohr at the annual meeting of the N.C. Pediatrics Society.

The N.C. Pediatric Society honored Jacob A. Lohr, MD, with its Denny, Katz, Simon, Tingelstad Academic Service Award during its annual meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on September 12, 2014. The society established the award in 2001 to recognize academic pediatricians for noteworthy contributions to service, research, and teaching.

“Dr. Lohr has made significant contributions to pediatrics in North Carolina, and it is our honor to recognize his achievements," said John Rusher, MD, president of the N.C. Pediatric Society. “We applaud his hard work and dedication in helping the children and families in our state.”

A number of his colleagues within the UNC Department of Pediatrics nominated Lohr, praising his 25 years of service to the university and state of North Carolina.

“In the 25 years Jake has been a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics, he has cared for more general pediatric inpatients than anyone else in the history of pediatric care at UNC,” said Mike Steiner, MD, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, who was among the colleagues who nominated Lohr for this honor. 

Dr. Lohr grew up the son of a physician in Lexington, N.C. He completed his undergraduate and medical training at UNC-Chapel Hill. He then spent a year as a student fellow in the microbiology and pediatric infectious diseases laboratory of Floyd Denny, MD, who served as chair of the UNC Department of Pediatrics from 1960 to 1981. Dr. Lohr later completed his residency at the University of Virginia and joined the faculty there, staying for 19 years and rising to the position of vice chair and then interim chair of pediatrics.

In 1990, Dr. Lohr returned to UNC as chief of the Division of Community Pediatrics (now the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) and as associate chair for ambulatory programs in the department. He has since served in a variety of leadership positions within the Department of Pediatrics and N.C. Children's Hospital, including pediatrician-in-chief, associate chair for development, vice chair of pediatrics, and director of clinical services. He has trained more than 5,000 medical doctors during his career and mentored more than 40 faculty members who hold leadership positions in academic medicine across the United States.

The Denny, Katz, Simon, Tingelstad Academic Service Award is named in honor four pediatricians whose contributions to statewide service are well-known within academic medicine in North Carolina: Floyd Denny, MD, of UNC; Samuel Katz, MD, of Duke University; Jimmy Simon, MD, of Wake Forest; and Jon Tingelstad, MD, of ECU. One recipient is chosen by committee from the pool of nominations submitted each year. Other UNC faculty members who have received the award include Alan D. Stiles, MD, in 2007, and Harvey J. Hamrick, MD, in 2010.

Dr. Lohr was featured by the UNC School of Medicine for his years of service.