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Blanton Bessinger, MD Selected as the 2010 MN-AAP Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Blaton Bessinger, MD was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Service Award by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics at its annual meeting on June 4, 2010.

This award recognizes a Minnesota pediatrician who is nominated by a member and meets three important criteria: 1) excellence in clinical areas; 2) work in advocacy for children; and 3) involvement in special projects or activities that contribute to the improvement of child health care.

Dr. Bessinger graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at University of Minnesota Hospitals. He has served as a pediatrician in the Air Force, at the U of M Department of Pediatrics, as a pediatric cardiology consultant, Chief of Staff at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Children’s Hospital of St. Paul and as Director of Child Advocacy and Child Policy at Children’s Health Care.

Dr. Bessinger's volunteer activities have demonstrated his passion for improving the health of Minnesota’s children. He is founding board member and chair of board for 5 years for Ready 4 K; a past board member for Way to Grow, and ClearWay Minnesota. He has served on the Governor’s Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the Health Technology Advisory Committee, and the Minnesota advisory committee for Alliance for Youth. Additionally, he has served as Past President and Speaker of the House for the Minnesota Medical Association. 

He received the Distinguished Service Award from MMA in 2007. He is currently an alternate delegate to AMA and elected member of the AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws.

Thank you, and congratulations, Dr. Bessinger!


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