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Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers pediatrician wins first-ever Children’s award

April 11, 2016

MILWAUKEE - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Medical Staff Services presented David Waters, MD, a pediatrician at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, with its first-ever Children’s Community-based Physician of the Year Award on April 8. It was one of five awards bestowed at the Annual Medical Staff Meeting and Doctor’s Day Celebration.

Through his work at Sixteenth Street and Children’s, Dr. Waters works to improve the health of his patients and the communities in which they live. For instance, he is active in community health initiatives and helps run SSCHC’s annual Southside Bicycle Day, where hundreds of attendees learn about the benefits of bicycling and other healthy lifestyle activities.

Dr. Waters received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics, and he has professional interests in asthma management, vaccines and advocacy. As a bilingual physician, Dr. Waters provides quality, family-based care free from linguistic and cultural barriers.

Also at the celebration, John Gordon, MD, received the first-ever Campus-based Physician of the Year Award. Dr. Gordon serves as the medical director of the Special Needs Program at Children’s. The program provides co-management and care coordination for children with medical complexity and fragility due to multiple chronic conditions.

Dr. Gordon earned his medical degree from Mcgill University. He has been named in the Best Doctors List in America since 2007, and his research areas include family education and caregiver burden.

“Both Dr. Waters and Dr. Gordon epitomize the type of physicians families want caring for their children,” said Thomas Robey, MD, president of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Medical Staff. “They have integrity within the entire health care system and excel in collaborative patient care.  They are role models to all physicians on the impact we can have on our surrounding communities through the work we do every day.”

Additionally, Medical Staff Services presented two Children’s doctors with 2016 Improving Health in Kids Recognition Grants. Kathy Russeth, MD, a psychiatrist, won a grant to study suicide prevention in teenagers in the Milwaukee community. Michelle Pickett, MD, an emergency medicine doctor, also received a grant for a project focusing on the treatment of STDs in Milwaukee youth and their partners.

Lastly, Medical Staff Services awarded Madeline Griffith with the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Medical Staff Milwaukee Public School Scholarship Award. Griffith, the first-ever recipient of the award, is now a freshman at University of Wisconsin-Madison studying biology and pre-med.

Medical Staff Services is a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin department that coordinates the process of credentialing and privileging of providers and organizes provider performance programs.

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2014, Children’s invested more than $102 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at


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