Thomas T. Chiu, M.D., M.B.A., a pediatrics professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, is a recipient of a prestigious certificate of appreciation from the Florida Medical Association (FMA).
Chiu was nominated by the Duval County Medical Society and will receive the award in Orlando during an October meeting of the medical association’s board of directors.
Chiu has been a member of the FMA for more than three decades and this year stepped down as chair of pediatrics at the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville after 20 years in the position. He remains on faculty and was appointed medical director of external affairs for pediatrics, working closely on partnerships between UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Chiu was at the forefront of the FMA’s efforts to reduce infant mortality rates and, in Jacksonville, negotiated and implemented a citywide neonatology program that has become a national model. Chiu wanted to learn the business end of medicine and got his MBA from Jacksonville University in 1988.
Organizations lean on Chiu’s business acumen, including in his roles on the committee on childhood finance for the American Academy of Pediatrics and as state finance committee chairman for Children's Medical Services.
He serves as the regional medical director of Children’s Medical Services, overseeing 23 counties from Jacksonville to Gainesville to Daytona Beach.
Chiu was honored this year with the Philip H. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition.