Dr. Charles Cowan Receives Prestigious Duncan Award

SEATTLE - Dr. Charles A. Cowan, clinical director, Care Coordination Services at Children’s Hospital and clinical professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington today received the Duncan Award. Dr. Cowan is being honored for his outstanding work in developmental pediatrics.


SEATTLE - Dr. Charles A. Cowan, clinical director, Care Coordination Services at Children’s Hospital and clinical professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington today received the Duncan Award. Dr. Cowan is being honored for his outstanding work in developmental pediatrics.

The Duncan Award is given each year to acknowledge parents, professionals or groups who have made a significant contribution to the well-being of children with disabilities within Washington state. Recipients of the Duncan Award demonstrate an extraordinary positive social or scientific impact on the well-being of children with disabilities above and beyond usual career expectations.

“Dr. Cowan is a compassionate, superb clinician who goes the extra mile for children and families. He is both an excellent pediatrician who can take care of complex medical problems and an insightful developmental pediatric specialist who successfully addresses a wide range of behavioral and developmental issues,” said Dr. John McLaughlin, program director, Neurodevelopmental and Birth Defects program at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Dr. McLaughlin presented the award to Dr. Cowan at the Duncan Seminar today.

The Duncan Award was initiated in 1977 by Dr. Lynn Staheli, former Director of Orthopedics at Children’s Hospital as a living tribute to Dr. William R. Duncan, who pioneered a comprehensive treatment approach to the needs of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Dr. Cowan is the 27th recipient of the annual award. Past recipients include Ervin J. Larsen, Executive Director, United Cerebral Palsy (1982); Maplewood School Staff, Edmonds School District (1986); Mary Shandorf, foster parent (1988); John M. Neff, MD, pediatrician, Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs (1998); and Robin G. Glass, MS, OTR and Lynn S. Wolfe, MOT, ORT, occupational therapists (2002).

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