David E. Dixon, a long-time member of the Children's of Alabama Board of Trustees, has been honored for his service with the establishment of an endowed chair in his name.
Dixon began his volunteer leadership service at Children's in 1998, serving on the Board's Research and Education Committee, Executive Committee and as an officer of the Alabama Children's Hospital Foundation. His family foundation has a strong partnership with the UAB Department of Pediatrics, including its support of the Dixon Fellowship Training program.
Reed Allen Dimmitt, MD is the first holder of the David E. Dixon Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology. Dimmitt is a professor in the UAB Department of Pediatrics, the director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and the medical director of Children's Intensive Feeding Program.
In addition, Dimmitt will serve as the president of the Children's of Alabama medical staff and chair of the medical executive committee beginning in January 2018. Dimmitt's research includes mucosal immunology, the role of intestinal microbiota in the pathogenesis of injury, and the causes of intestinal failure associated liver disease.
"Dr. Dimmitt is one of our very best. He cares deeply about the children of Alabama. His leadership in all areas, but particularly in intestinal rehabilitation, intensive feeding and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders has distinguished UAB and Children's of Alabama," said Mitchell B. Cohen, M.D., Chair, UAB Department of Pediatrics and Physician-In-Chief, Children's of Alabama.