SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical attire innovator Medelita has named Dr. Jonathan Santoro winner of the 2015 The Right Fit H.E.R.O. Honorarium. Dr. Santoro's candidacy was among 200 nominations of medical residents throughout the United States. Over 10,000 online votes narrowed the field to 10 finalists from whom a panel of judges in the healthcare industry chose this year's top resident. They based their decision on Dr. Santoro's "outstanding accomplishments as an emerging leader in pediatric neurology and his passionate advocacy for the population he serves."
Currently a pediatric neurology resident at Stanford University, Dr. Santoro attended medical school at Tulane University in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He learned medicine in a rebuilding system stripped of its resources, encountering patients with cerebral palsy and other neurologic problems in free student-run clinics in New Orleans. This experience made Dr. Santoro aware of the nation's shortage of pediatric neurologists and the intense need for advocacy among the medically complex. The American Academy of Neurology selected him to travel to Washington DC as part of a "Neurology on the Hill" program. Only one of two pediatric neurology specialists in attendance, Dr. Santoro lobbied members of Congress to increase neurologic research funding through the Brain Initiative investment resources.
When presented with the Honorarium, Dr. Santoro outlined his excitement for being named the recipient and what drove him to such a unique platform for change in medicine, "It's not always the easiest being in pediatric neurology but it's one of those places where I really do feel there's going to be a lot of change," he continued, "That's what really drew me to it. There's going to be the ability to get this population of patients that have historically been voiceless to be on the forefront of a lot of new technologies. It's an exciting place to be."
2014 Honorarium recipient and a judge on this year's panel, Dr. Kanani Titchen expressed her approval, "You need to be committed to the academics and you also need to be committed to the kids, and you have shown that through your application and through the life of work that you have put in so far and that you plan to in the future."
In its second year as lead sponsor, Teflon® Fabric Protector has matched last year's commitment to the $25,000 Honorarium. Nominations began on April 1, 2015 and enabled medical residents nationwide to include stories about their personal sacrifices and professional commitment. Dr. Santoro has found other forums for his views and case studies, having published consistently since his third year of medical school. He also accepted the chance to speak prior to the Dalai Lama at the 2013 unified commencement ceremony at Tulane.
"These top residents all remind us of the hard work and passion required in medical specialties," said Medelita founder, Lara Francisco, PA-C. "Medelita is honored to support Dr. Santoro's goals in pediatric neurology. His efforts to better serve children by campaigning on large-scale issues, or one-on-one with each patient is truly inspiring," said Francisco.
For more information on The Right Fit H.E.R.O. Honorarium, and to listen to a recording of the announcement, please visit www.medelita.com/therightfit.
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