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Pediatrician receives distinguished award

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
Child psychiatrist, pediatrician, educator and Lowcountry children’s champion Eve Spratt, M.D., was recognized by her alma mater with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine. Spratt, an associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at MUSC, is a 1987 alumnus of the School of Medicine. She was honored with this award for her tireless devotion to Charleston area children who are vulnerable and victims of neglect and abuse.
Dr. Eve Spratt is honored by UNC's Dr. William Roper April 24 with the Distinguished Service Award.
Spratt received the award April 24 from William Roper, M.D., dean of UNC’s School of Medicine, at an awards ceremony in Chapel Hill, N.C.
A Charlotte native, Spratt completed a three-year child psychiatry clinical fellowship at Harvard University in 1993, before coming to MUSC to complete a pediatrics residency and later earned a master’s in science in clinical research in 2006. Spratt is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. She is board certified in pediatrics, child psychiatry and adult psychiatry.
Spratt founded the Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) program. Since its inception, the non-profit outreach program has worked with the Department of Social Services in collaborating with more than 40 Charleston area medical, business, educational, civic and faith-based organizations to form effective partnerships to assist disadvantaged youth and families. Since 1997, HALOS has provided needy children and families with school supplies, clothing, furniture and other extras including summer camp scholarships and tutoring. The project is considered a national model for other communities across the country and received three Office  for Victim's of Crime, Department of Justice grants. The most recent grant allows replication of HALOS models in Dillon and Lancaster counties.
Spratt’s clinical work explores medical, developmental and mental health, which she collaborates with experts throughout MUSC’s campus and beyond. She worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics to develop guidelines to address mental health issues in primary care and has recently focused on clinical translational research. Her  current research focuses on neurobiology associated with early adverse childhood experiences including child neglect.
“This is a richly-deserved honor, and it reflects wonderfully upon Eve, the departments, the college and MUSC,” wrote MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., in a note to Spratt. “You are a role model for many others at MUSC and in the community and I thank you for all you do.”
“There are many more much deserving of this honor, and I am humbled,” said Spratt, who also praised husband, Jim Edwards, for his constant support. “Jim has supported me to pursue some things that I have felt passionate about doing. We both feel like we are supposed to be God’s hands and feet as we are so blessed and need to share our good fortune…I’m fortunate that my parents and extended family taught me to try to make the world a better place for others. I wish all kids could grow up with that foundation.”


Friday, May 1, 2009

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