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News Thursday, October 05, 2017

Celebrating the career of Lawrence C. Vogel, M.D.

Director of the spinal cord injury service/chief of pediatrics retires

Lawrence C. Vogel, M.D., an internationally known physician in pediatric spinal cord injury medicine, was honored by staff, colleagues, family and friends upon his recent retirement from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago. His four decades of service has been invaluable to the patient population at our Chicago hospital and to the field of pediatric spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine.

Jim Smith, Frank Roth and Larry VogelAt a retirement celebration held in Oak Park, Illinois, Imperial Sir Jim Smith, a member of the Board of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children, along with Frank Roth, Imperial Trustee Emeritus and former chairman of our hospital’s Board of Directors, presented Dr. Vogel with an honorary plaque thanking him for his service. Many physicians and staff were on-hand to celebrate his long career.

Mark Niederpruem and Dr. VogelAdditionally, during a hospital Board of Governors meeting, Dr. Vogel joined Hospital Administrator Mark Niederpruem to unveil a new chapter for our hospital’s “History wall.” The display features Dr. Vogel and details his many contributions to our spinal cord injury rehabilitation program. “A simple thank you is insufficient in recognizing the many contributions Dr. Vogel has made to Shriners Hospital in Chicago, the Shriners Hospitals for Children system and to the pediatric spinal cord injury population,” Niederpruem said. “His breadth and depth of knowledge coupled with his wit and self-effacing humor has benefited many during his tenure.”

As part of Dr. Vogel’s continued legacy, The American Spinal Injury Association has named an annual award in his honor. The Vogel Award honors the best paper by a clinician or researcher involved in pediatric SCI rehabilitation.

Dr. Vogel is also this year’s recipient of the Estin Comarr Memorial Award for Distinguished Clinical Service from the American Paraplegia Society. The award acknowledges exceptional dedication and achievement in the clinical care of individuals with spinal cord injury and honors those who have dedicated their careers to improving the lives of people with SCI.

Pictured:

(above left): Imperial Sir Jim Smith, a member of the Board of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children, along with Frank Roth, Imperial Trustee Emeritus and former chairman of our hospital’s Board of Directors, presented Dr. Vogel with an honorary plaque thanking him for his service.

(above right): Dr. Vogel joined Hospital Administrator Mark Niederpruem to unveil a new chapter for our hospital’s “History wall."