NEWS | July 10, 2020

Stephanie Crossen, Daphne Say receive 2020 Eli Gold Prize


Stephanie Crossen, assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatric endocrinologist, and Daphne Say, health sciences assistant clinical professor and pediatric gastroenterologist, have received the 2020 Eli Gold Prize this month.

Stephanie Crossen and Daphne Say Stephanie Crossen and Daphne Say

“This year was especially competitive with many strong nominations. We are awarding two individuals with this distinction,” said Satyan Lakshminrusimha, pediatrician-in-chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital. “We are very proud of their accomplishments.”

Stephanie Crossen, a recipient of an National Institutes of Health K12 grant and a highly competitive National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases K23 award, has persevered in her research while also managing a large clinical and teaching workload. She has received awards for her presentations at research meetings and is rapidly achieving prominence in the field of diabetes care technologies and telemedicine. Crossen also provides support for families who need help in between medical visits or who are managing a new diabetes diagnosis.   

Since joining UC Davis Health, Daphne Say has established the UC Davis Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) program. She led the effort for UC Davis Children’s Hospital to join and actively participate in ImproveCareNow (ICN), an international IBD network. Say is also a clinician educator, providing teaching at the bedside during inpatient rounds and in the outpatient setting. She consistently receives excellent ratings from residents and medical students for her teaching efforts.

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

The award is open to any junior faculty member in the department who has achieved prominence in clinical, teaching, research and/or community service. The criteria for identifying the award recipient includes innovation, impact on child health, and impact on UC Davis Children’s Hospital or its community. The award winner is invited to give a lecture on a topic of his or her choice at a Pediatric Grand Rounds.