Hoberman first person to receive top clinical research award twice

Alejandro Hoberman,  executive vice chair of pediatrics, has received the 2022 Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award from the Clinical Research Forum, a nonprofit association of clinical research experts from the nation’s leading academic health centers.

Hoberman is the first person ever to receive this award on two separate occasions. 

The award recognizes Hoberman and his research team for a study entitled “Tympanostomy Tubes or Medical Management for Recurrent Acute Otitis Media.”  First published in May 2021 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study found no long-term benefit to surgically placing ear tubes in a young child’s ears to reduce the rate of recurrent ear infections compared to use of episodic oral antibiotics.

In 2015, the Clinical Research Forum recognized Hoberman for his team’s findings in “Antimicrobial Prophylaxis for Children with Vesicoureteral Reflux,” a two-year multi-site study demonstrating how use of low-dose preventive antibiotic therapy in children diagnosed with vesicoureteral reflux following an initial episode of urinary tract infection significantly reduced the likelihood of recurrences of urinary tract infection, but did not reduce risk of renal scarring.

Among his roles at Pitt Pediatrics, Hoberman is the Jack L. Paradise Distinguished Service Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Medicine, Vice Chair for Clinical Research, and director of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. Hoberman also has administrative responsibilities as the president of UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics.