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Dr. Michael Severson

Michael Severson, MD selected as the 2012 MN-AAP Distinguished Service Award Recipient

The Distinguished  Service Award recognizes an exemplary Minnesota pediatrician who through their career in clinical practice, teaching, mentoring, and community involvement has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to children. This year we honor a pediatric leader who exemplifies how a community pediatrician moves beyond the walls of a clinic to advocate for children in the community.   

Dr. Severson completed medical school at the U of MN and his residency at Mayo before moving to New York state.  Beginning his career as a solo practitioner in upstate New York, he recognized the importance of community involvement. After relocating with his family to Brainerd, MN, he further expanded his local/state service in addition to a demanding rural practice. His long list of community service includes: serving as school physician for the Ogdensburg Central School District, Director of the physically handicapped children’s program in St. Lawrence County, NY, member of St. Lawrence County Public Health Advisory Board and member of the Saint Lawrence County Community Services Board, Brainerd Immunization Action Plan Committee, Brainerd YMCA Board, Improving Health Outcomes in Crow Wing County and member of the  Head Start Advisory Committee, NY Governor’s Medicaid Task Force, MN Governor’s Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, MN Early Hearing Detection Initiative, and the Children’s Defense Fund Advisory Board.

In addition to his past leadership in the New York Chapter of AAP, he is a past president of the Minnesota Chapter-AAP.  Dr. Severson is completing his term as Board Member of the national AAP  and chair of the Midwest state chapters (District VI). On the national AAP Board, Mike has been in charge of the AAP finances and its strategic plan ... something that touches pediatricians nationally. 

His colleagues from other states had a few words to say about Mike in their support of his nomination. Dr. Pam Shaw, the District VI vice-chair from Kansas commented that “in addition to teaching me a few Ole and Lena jokes, he demonstrated kindness and patience, with constant reminders to not lose sight of the vision of an improved world for children and those who care for children. At a time when changes impacting the future of children are constant and egos can potentially distract from collaborating toward common goals, I know of few leaders so honest, genuine, and true to the vision. Such characteristics define Mike and are the characteristics that make him deserving of the distinguished service award.  I am certain that his work is far from over.”

In all his work, Dr. Severson is a true and steady voice for children and one never doubts that his clear mission is to improve the well-being of all children.  For his constant dedication which will continue, he is deserving of this recognition.

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