Girish Deshpande, MD, Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria, was presented the Ron W. Lee Pediatric Care Lifetime Achievement Award during an official presentation in May. He was one of three physicians from the State of Illinois honored by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program. The awards annually recognize three physicians for their contributions to pediatric emergency and critical care medicine.

Dr. Deshpande was recognized for providing the highest level of pediatric patient care through his work at Children’s Hospital of Illinois as well as his strong clinical teaching and mentorship for all levels of medical education through the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria. In addition, he has made significant contributions to clinical research in the areas of emergency and critical care pediatric patients through a multitude of peer reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Deshpande holds several patents for innovative devices he has designed for enhanced care of the critical pediatric patient.

His nomination stated, “His skill in effectiveness at caring for these critically ill children is only matched by his empathy and communication skills that he displays with patients’ families. His passion for the care of emergency and critical care children often spills over to those team members around him.”