We, at the Washington University Neurofibromatosis (NF) Center, are proud to announce that Dr. David H. Gutmann, MD, PhD, Washington University NF Center director, was recently awarded a prestigious lifetime achievement award by the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF). The Friedrich von Recklinghausen Award is a great honor bestowed to those who have made significant contributions to neurofibromatosis research and clinical care. The award has been given to an outstanding physician or researcher in the neurofibromatosis field since 1989. Dr. Gutmann’s colleagues in the neurofibromatosis research and clinical care field nominated him for this honor.
It comes as no surprise to us at the Washington University NF Center that Dr. Gutmann has been given this honor due to his long standing and preeminent role in the areas of neurofibromatosis research and clinical care. Those familiar Dr. Gutmann know it was only a matter of time before he became the recipient of the Friedrich von Recklinghausen Award. His continued passion and inspiration of others is unmatched. He continues to inspire his team and colleagues with his never-ending enthusiasm and drive to achieve the greatest feats for the NF community.
Dr. Gutmann established the Washington University NF Center in 2004 and has been treating patients with NF at St. Louis Children’s Hospital since 1994. The Washington University NF Center is comprised of over thirty investigators and boasts the involvement and support of over fifteen departments. The Washington University NF Center team, lead by Dr. Gutmann, has received over 30 collaborative grants in the past six years and has published over sixty manuscripts. Dr. Gutmann has also written and published over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts and written over fifty book chapters.
He received the prestigious Friedrich von Recklinghausen Award in New Orleans, Louisiana at the annual NF Conference and was also invited as a distinguished guest speaker for the event.