MWPH Pediatrician Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Honored by the MD Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics

For immediate release: January 06, 2014


Kathleen R. Lee

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BALTIMORE, MD – Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital is proud to announce that a longtime member of its medical staff, George Lentz, MD FAAP, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MD Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"It is our great honor to have presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. George Lentz, who has been a distinguished member of our chapter for many years," said Chapter President Scott Krugman, MD FAAP.

"He has served as both a vice chair of our board and has served on the disabilities committee for many, many years," added Krugman. "He is an inspiration to generations of pediatricians."

The organization's 950 members were polled and asked to provide the names of candidates who would be suitable for the award. The chapter's Board of Directors narrowed the field to two candidates.

In 1992, Dr. Lentz began the Pediatric Rehabilitation Program at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, serving as its acting director. He has been a strong advocate for people with disabilities and has made considerable contributions in the field of children's health.

Dr. Lentz has served in various teaching capacities at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. Dr. Lentz completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University.

University of Maryland medical students describe him as a tireless and dedicated educator.

"He taught me how to do the right thing and he showed by his actions that it was a privilege to be a physician and work with children and their families," said Tamara Burgunder, MD, who now works with Dr. Lentz on the MWPH Rehabilitation staff.

Among his other career highlights: a founder of the United Cerebral Palsy Delrey School in Catonsville; serving as its first medical director; medical director of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland beginning in 1965; and medical director of the Maryland School for the Blind.

Few may know that as a member of Pasadena Methodist Church, he has visited Haiti ten times to help the devastated population in a variety of ways, as a physician, a welder and a carpenter.

Dr. Lentz currently acts in many capacities at Mt. Washington, both clinically and administratively. He has not allowed an increasing loss of vision to stop him—he is involved by providing leadership and sound clinical advice to treat the many patients the hospital sees every day.