James Fitzgibbon named ‘founder’ in adolescent medicine

Doctor a `founder' in adolescent medicine

Dr. James Fitzgibbon


The American Academy of Pediatrics awarded James Fitzgibbon, MD, director of Adolescent Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, the 2011 Founders of Adolescent Health Award for Community Leadership. He received the award this month at the AAP national conference in Boston.

The award is given to individuals who have done much in their communities to improve care for teens and educate pediatricians about the health care needs of adolescents.

A physician for more than 30 years, Dr. Fitzgibbon left private practice in 1980 to help establish Akron Children’s division of Adolescent Medicine, where he treats teens for typical medical issues as well as teen-specific concerns such as acne, sexually-transmitted diseases, eating disorders, pregnancy and gynecological disease.

Since 1980, he has also served as medical director of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

Dr. Fitzgibbon, who earned his medical degree from Wayne State University, is a professor of pediatrics at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He resides in Bath Township.

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