2020 Award Recipients


Joseph P. Cravero, MD Leadership Award – Lowell Clark, MD

Lowell Clark, MD
Retired, Pediatric Critical Care
Children’s Hospital Navicent Health
Macon, GA

Dr. Clark was instrumental in founding not only the first pediatric intensive care unit in southern Georgia, but also a sedation/infusion service, a child advocacy center, and a transport team, all in an area where none of these services existed. He has contributed greatly to the SPS over the years, in the form of long informative listserv posts chock-full of sage advice and thought-provoking questions, as well as several inspiring lectures at our conferences. Those of us fortunate to interact with him in person know him as a warm, unassuming, kind human being, well-deserving of this recognition.


Kristine K. Murray Child Life Award and Scholarship – Katelyn Beyer, CCLS

Katelyn Beyer, CCLS
Coordinator of Child Life Services
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Evanston, IL

Katelyn was selected for this award because of her commitment of care across a range of locations within a four-hospital system, including pediatric/adolescent inpatient unit, operating rooms, emergency department, radiology department, neurology clinic, cardiac imaging, and neonatal intensive care unit. Katelyn successfully introduced the use of virtual reality headsets to provide distraction and alleviate anxiety in pediatric patients undergoing procedures.


Blike/Cravero International Pediatric Sedation Advocacy Award – Vivian Yuen, MD

Vivian Yuen, MD
Hong Kong Children’s Hospital
Honorary Associate Clinical Professor
University of Hong Kong

Dr. Yuen has been advancing the field of pediatric sedation for the last several years with her innovative research investigations into different sedation medication options, particularly with the use of intranasal and buccal dexmedetomidine for noninvasive procedures. She also is a strong advocate for in-situ simulation for training in crisis management and team work. Her dedication to evidence-based practice and advancing safe sedation aligns with the SPS goals and mission.