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Adolescent health society honors Pediatrics resident

Apr. 17, 2014, 9:04 AM

Maria Rahmandar, M.D., a third-year resident in the Department of Pediatrics, recently received the 2014 Career Development Award in Adolescent Health from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

Third-year resident Maria Rahmandar, M.D., was presented the Career Development Award in Adolescent Medicine by Todd Callahan, M.D., MPH.

The award seeks to promote a young professional’s interest in a career in adolescent health. Two awards may be presented each year: one to an individual who has already declared an interest in adolescent health and is pursuing educational opportunities to meet that objective; and another to an individual who is not currently in a training program or other educational program that focuses on adolescent health.

Rahmandar was nominated by her mentor, Mary Romano, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Health, for her commitment to adolescent health throughout her educational career. Todd Callahan, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Pediatrics in Vanderbilt’s Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Health, presented the award to Rahmandar.

Among her many accomplishments during her residency at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Rahmandar was elected to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Adolescent Health Executive Committee and initiated a research project using electronic prompts to aid in recognition and treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease in the pediatric emergency setting.

Rahmandar is a 2006 graduate from Princeton University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology. She earned her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in 2011 before coming to Vanderbilt for her residency the same year.

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