January 16, 2009

Doyle honored for outstanding pediatric care

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Thomas Doyle

Doyle honored for outstanding pediatric care

Thomas Doyle, M.D., professor of Pediatrics, has been named one of four national recipients of the 2009 Children's Miracle Network Achievement Award.

The annual award, given by Children's Miracle Network (CMN) and Delta Airlines, recognizes outstanding pediatric caregivers at CMN children's hospitals.

“I am thrilled Dr. Doyle is being recognized in this way by our great partners and friends at the Children's Miracle Network,” said Kevin B. Churchwell, M.D., chief executive officer of Children's Hospital.

“Anyone who knows Dr. Doyle can tell you he is a special physician who serves as an inspirational example to all of us in Children's Hospital. He is one of those physicians who can connect with children immediately, even in circumstances that can be stressful for a child and family. This calming rapport, combined with his skill and talent in a very technical field within cardiology, make him an incredibly valuable member of our faculty.”

Doyle will receive his award on March 20 at the Miracle Awards Gala during the Children's Miracle Network Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. As part of his recognition, Doyle will be profiled in the 2009 “Best Children's Hospitals” edition of U.S. News and World Report.

“I was truly humbled and honored when I found out about the award, “Doyle said.

“The goal of the Children's Miracle Network is identical to our goal at Children's Hospital — providing state-of-the-art care for all children with all types of medical problems. I see this award not as a reflection of me as an individual, but as a reflection of our incredible team of caregivers at Children's Hospital.”

Doyle joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1994. He concentrates on pediatric cardiology but continues to care for patients of all ages, including a large number of adult patients with congenital heart disease.

He has special expertise in interventional and diagnostic cardiac catheterization techniques, balloon valvuloplasty, embolization, angioplasty, stent implantation and device closure of cardiac defects. Other areas of clinical interest include pulmonary hypertension and mediastinal fibrosis.

Doyle received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arizona.

He completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at the University of Maryland, and completed a fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

Children's Miracle Network started 25 years ago and has grown into a leading children's charity, raising more than $2.2 billion for the 170 pediatric hospitals in its international alliance. Children's Hospital is one of the 22 original hospitals that formed the Network in 1982.

Doyle is the Ann and Monroe Carell Jr. Family Associate Professor of Pediatrics.