By Yan Kennon

Public Affairs Senior Writer,
Naval Hospital Jacksonville

The American Academy of Pediatrics Uniformed Services Chapter East has selected Lt. Allison Wessner, of Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville's Pediatrics Clinic, as its 2017 Pediatrician of the Year.  

"Lt. Wessner is an outstanding physician who is committed to her patients and Navy Medicine," said Capt. Michael Sullivan, NH Jacksonville director for medical services.

"She excels as a clinician, leader and teacher, and embodies the spirit of this Pediatrician of the Year award."  

Since arriving at NH Jacksonville in June 2015, Wessner has performed in numerous leadership roles such as acting Pediatrics department head, regional director of Pediatric Advanced Life Support training for NH Jacksonville and NH Guantanamo Bay, Regional Florida Newborn Screen Physician Coordinator and an instructor for S.T.A.B.L.E. (neonatal post-resuscitation management course).

Wessner has instructed over 40 Family Medicine residents on inpatient and outpatient pediatric rotations, has taught pediatric advanced life support to over 100 providers, oversees the 24/7 provider watch for neonatal resuscitation and provided orientation of the first neonatal nurse practitioner at the hospital.

"She has been recognized as one of our most exceptional and productive physicians, and her willingness to take on additional challenging tasks clearly sets her apart," Sullivan said.