Hall of Fame

Named for our founder who vowed no child would ever have to leave our region to receive world-class care, the Hall of Fame pays homage to individuals from all walks of life who are strong advocates for children’s causes. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation and each inductee has demonstrated a passionate commitment to ensure 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.


Michael Fux, 2019
Nicklaus Children's Health System board chair and founder of the Michael Fux Family Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, which is a home away from home for our patients and families.


Graça Machel, 2018
African stateswoman whose long professional and public life is heavily rooted in the international advocacy for women and children’s rights.


Anne Geddes, 2017
World's most famous baby photographer and generous supporter of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.


Hélio Castroneves, 2017
Three-time Indy500 winner as well as "Dancing with the Stars" champion and children's health advocate.



Armando Christian Perez “Pitbull”, 2015
Globally renowned Grammy-Award winning musician, performer, business entrepreneur and celebrity ambassador to our Together For The Children Campaign.


Romero Britto, 2014
Internationally renowned pop artist, who created the logo for the Together For The Children, Campaign for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

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 Nicklaus 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 of two Nicklaus Children's Hospital Nicklaus Centers in Palm Beach County.

Dwyane Wade, 2009
NBA World Champion, Olympic athlete, Founder of Wade’s World Foundation, friend and supporter of Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

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. 

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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 Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

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
Played 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 the 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
Retired NFL star, 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 the Special Olympics.

Anthony Kennedy Shriver, 1998
Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International.

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

John Schneider, 1997
Performing artist and Co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®.

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 United States 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 Hospitals® 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.

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