Pediatric gastroenterologist receives Eli Gold Prize

Pediatric gastroenterologist receives Eli Gold Prize


Kelly Haas, associate clinical professor of pediatrics and a pediatric gastroenterologist, received the 2024 Eli Gold Prize this month.

Headshot of Kelly Haas
Kelly Haas

Haas was nominated by Arthur de Lorimier, division chief of pediatric gastroenterology, for her clinical care and innovation, teaching, community service and research activities.

“Since joining UC Davis, Dr. Haas has taken on multiple clinical roles including her regular outpatient clinic at the Glassrock Building, a satellite clinic in Carmichael and her regular participation on the inpatient service,” said de Lorimier. “One of her crowning clinical achievements has been creating a full-service intestinal rehabilitation program.”

He also noted that Haas has been an excellent clinician educator at the bedside during inpatient rounds and in the outpatient setting. Haas also serves as associate program director for the pediatric residency program. Haas consistently receives excellent ratings from residents and medical students for her teaching efforts. Haas serves on several committees and advisory boards. In addition, shehas updated and rewritten several hospital protocols that cover total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for children, gastrostomy feeding for children and long-term management of patients with short bowel syndrome.

The Eli Gold Prize is open to any junior faculty member in the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics who has achieved prominence in clinical, teaching, research and/or community service. The criteria for identifying the award recipient includes innovation, their influence on child health, and impact on UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics and the UC Davis School of Medicine. The award winner is invited to present a lecture on a topic of their choice at a Pediatric Grand Rounds.

The annual award was named for Eli Gold, former professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics, who supported and encouraged many young aspiring pediatricians. Its $3,000 prize goes toward research or career development.