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Assembly on Pediatrics - Pediatric Clinician Educator Award

Meet the 2023 Winner: Benjamin A. Nelson, MD



Dr. Benjamin Nelson is the Program Director for the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at Mass General for Children, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard University.  Dr. Nelson received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University. He has been a member of the ATS since 2009 and a member of the Pediatrics Assembly since 2011. He has served the assembly as a member of the Pediatric Pulmonary Training Directors Association Executive Committee (PEPTDA EC) (2015-present) and is currently serving as President.

Dr. Nelson has built a career focused on medical education. His areas of interest are evidence-based medicine, trainee well-being, recruitment, and workforce issues. 

Dr. Nelson created and implemented a novel 4-session EBM course for pediatric residents teaching the fundamentals of statistics and how to apply a framework to critically evaluate the literature. This led to sustained improvement in trainee’s abilities to read and interpret the literature. Subsequently, he developed an online curriculum and co-authored a textbook which have both been adopted nationally and internationally.

Dr. Nelson has been focused on trainee well-being since becoming Program Director for the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship in 2015. He was an early adopter of the delayed fellowship start date and implemented a novel positive psychology coaching program in 2017 where pediatric residents and fellows are paired with a faculty coach. This program has been shown to improve the well-being of trainees as measured by the Professional Fulfillment Index and may buffer trainees against an erosion of positive skills and attributes in certain domains of well-being.

In his role on the PEPTDA EC, he has focused on recruitment of trainees into the field of Pediatric Pulmonology and workforce issues. He conducted a national study examining why trainees choose a career in Pediatric Pulmonology and was part of a task force that examined the status and future needs of the Pediatric Pulmonology workforce. He is currently studying the role of virtual interviews during recruitment, and the impact of Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship program size on recruitment and workforce distribution.


The Pediatric Clinician Educator Award recognizes a candidate at the late Assistant or Associate Professor level for their outstanding and innovative clinical and teaching abilities. 


  • A letter from the person submitting the nomination describing the candidate’s skills.
  • The candidate to be a member of the ATS.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  • Up to three letters of support from current or past trainees. There may be co-signatories, but no more than three letters will be accepted.


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View Previous Award Recipients

2022 - Stephen E. Kirby, MD
2021- Jane Taylor, MD
2020 - Adam Shapiro, MD
2019 - Xanthi I. Couroucli, MD
2018 - Joshua Needleman, MD
2017 - Thomas Bernard Kinane, MD
2016 - Sharon D. M. Dell, MD
2015 - Debra M. Boyer, MD
2014 - Mary A. Nevin, MD
2013 - Don Hayes, Jr, MD