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Named after the first Chairman and President of Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame was created in 1986 to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the health and happiness of children everywhere. For their unwavering commitment to improving the lives of children, we are proud to recognize the members of the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame.


Hall of Fame Honoree Florence Groover Frank
Generous benefactor and permanent Grande Dame of the Hall of Fame Gala

Juanes, 2013
Grammy Award-winning Hispanic artist and global activist for peace through his foundations Mi Sangre and Paz Sin Fronteras

 

Gloria Gaynor, 2012
Grammy Award-winning artist who re-wrote the iconic I Will Survive song for the Bald, Brave, Beautiful® project at Miami Children's Hospital


Gloria & Emilio Estefan, 2011
Music legends and South Florida icons whose work on behalf of children on a global scale has impacted countless lives, many times anonymously


Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, 2010
First family of golf, champions of children's causes and partners in the Miami Children's Hospital Nicklaus Care Center in Palm Beach County


Dwyane Wade, 2009
NBA All-Star, Olympic Athlete, Founder of Wade’s World Foundation, friend and supporter of Miami Children's Health Foundation


Beyoncé Knowles, 2008
Internationally renowned recording star, actress and humanitarian. A passionate and transcendent performer committed to her deep love of music that she shares with the world


Mike Lowell, 2006
Hometown hero, former Florida Marlins World Series Champion and supporter of children’s health issues


Dr. Paul Farmer, 2006
Internationally recognized founder of Partners in Health, dedicated to developing and implementing healthcare in some of the most devastated areas of the world


Dr. Fred J. Epstein, 2005
Internationally renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and teacher dedicated to the treatment and recovery of children with brain and spinal tumors


Dyan Cannon, 2005
Dynamic, energetic actress and committed spokesperson for children’s causes


Earl Weaver, 2004
Former Manager of the Baltimore Orioles and generous supporter of Miami Children’s Health Foundation


David McLean Walters, 2004
Visionary and President Emeritus of Miami Children’s Health Foundation


Dr. George McCracken, Jr., 2003
Internationally recognized authority on pediatric infectious diseases


Sonia Manzano, 2003
Known as Maria on Sesame Street and Emmy winning writer for Sesame Street


Kelly Preston, 2002
Talented and captivating actress and activist for children’s environmental health issues


Dean Kamen, 2002
Inventor, entrepreneur and advocate for science and technology through his FIRST program


Dr. Yehuda Benguigui, 2002
Clinician, educator, researcher and leading force for the prevention of infant mortality


Susie Krabacher, 2001
Creator of Foundation for Worldwide Mercy & Sharing, bringing health and hope to children in Haiti


Dr. Samuel L. Katz, 2001
Internationally renowned educator and researcher in pediatric vaccine development


Jim Kelly, 2000
Sports role model and champion of children’s causes


Michael Christensen, 2000
Creator of Big Apple Circus Clown Unit in children’s hospitals nationwide


George Batchelor, 2000
Outstanding philanthropist dedicated to children’s causes


Bill Nye, 1999
"The Science Guy," innovative teacher and patron of children


Dr. Robert A. Good, 1999
Pioneer of bone marrow transplantation


Eunice and Sargent Shriver, 1998
Creators and supporters of Special Olympics


Anthony Kennedy Shriver, 1998
Creator of national "Best Buddies" program


Dr. Aldo R. Castaneda, 1998
Pioneer of innovative pediatric cardiac procedures


John Schneider, 1997
Performing artist and co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network


Bianca Jagger, 1997
Champion for human rights and children’s causes


Dr. Robert M. Blizzard, 1997
Pioneer and leader in pediatric endocrinology


John Walsh, 1996
Defender of missing and exploited children


Dr. Antonia Novello, 1996
Pediatrician, first female and Hispanic US Surgeon General


Harry Belafonte, 1996
International legend and Ambassador for UNICEF and children


Gina Lollobrigida, 1995
Legendary actress and photographer passionate for children’s causes


Shari Lewis, 1995
Educator and entertainer of children through her character "Lamb Chop"


Reg and Maggie Green, 1995
Active promoters of organ donation internationally through the "Nicholas Effect"


Burt Reynolds, 1994
Supporter of children’s theatrical programs


Wayne and Marti Huizenga, 1994
Philanthropists for children through their support of Make-A-Wish Foundation


Dr. Jean Aicardi, 1994
International pediatric neurologist in brain abnormalities


Dr. Saul Krugman, 1993
Developer of Hepatitis "B" vaccine


Barbara Bush, 1993
Former First Lady and founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy


Audrey Hepburn, 1992
Theatrical legend, child advocate and Ambassador for UNICEF


J. Peter Grace, 1992
International corporate giant and philanthropist for children


Dr. Mary Ellen Avery, 1992
International award-winning pediatric pulmonologist


Dr. D. Ralph Millard, 1991
World renowned pediatric craniofacial surgeon specializing in cleft lip and palate


Rich Little, 1991
Canadian Chairman of Children’s Miracle Network Telethon


Anthony R. Abraham, 1991
International philanthropist for children’s needs


Sally Struthers, 1990
Acclaimed comedic and dramatic actress and spokesperson for children


Dr. C. Everett Koop, 1990
Children’s advocate and former United States Surgeon General


Drs. Ives Cotrel and Jean Dubousset, 1990
Creators of CD Rod for spinal injuries


Dr. William Walsh, 1989
Founder of "Project Hope," bringing specialized health care to Latin America and the Caribbean


Edward James Olmos, 1989
Oscar nominee and humanitarian for children


Kenneth Feld, 1989
Producer of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus


William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, 1988
Animation and cartoon pioneers in children’s entertainment


Dr. Robert Gross, 1988
Pioneer in pediatric heart surgery


Fran Allison, 1988
Children’s entertainer on television’s "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" show


"Buffalo" Bob Smith, 1987
Creator of the "Howdy Doody" show, a children’s television program


Dr. Victor McKusick, 1987
Renowned geneticist and medical author


Danny Kaye, 1987
Entertainer and "Pied Piper" to the children of the world


Dr. Augustin Castellanos, 1987
Nobel Prize nominee for pediatric cardiology


Dr. Helen Taussig, 1986
Savior of "Blue Babies," newborns with cyanotic conditions


Dr. Jonas Salk, 1986
Developer of the first polio vaccine


Bob Keeshan, 1986
Children’s entertainer on television’s "Captain Kangaroo"


Walt Disney, 1986
International legend in children’s entertainment