Alumni Organization

The Alumni Organization at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a unique resource that allows residents, fellows and staff members to enhance their medical education. The group also works to strengthen relationships with CHOP alumni through networking events, ongoing education, and collaborative research.

Celebrating Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong as the 2022 Recipient of the Richard D. Wood Distinguished Alumni Award

Ohene Frempong Headshot Since 1988, the Alumni Organization has annually recognized an alumnus or alumna who has made significant medical and scientific achievements in pediatric medicine. The Alumni Organization at CHOP is honored to announce the late Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, MD, as this year’s recipient of the Richard D. Wood Distinguished Alumni Award.

A dedicated and highly accomplished physician, professor, and athlete, Dr. Ohene-Frempong passed away on May 7, 2022. Earlier this year, he was selected for the Wood Award by his colleagues and CHOP alumni for his remarkable work in sickle cell disease treatment in children.

Dr. Ohene-Frempong acted as Director Emeritus of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at CHOP and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. As a world leader for sickle cell disease (SCD) treatment, Dr. Ohene-Frempong continued to serve as the President of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana and the National Coordinator for the American Society of Hematology Consortium on Newborn Screening in Africa (CONSA) until his passing. His work over more than three decades was instrumental in identifying bone marrow transplant as a cure for SCD and in raising awareness that enlarged spleens are a potentially fatal sign of SCD.

Please join us on Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 5:30 - 6:30 P.M. during the Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff to honor Dr. Ohene-Frempong’s life and celebrate his tremendous accomplishments that changed pediatric medicine.

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The Alumni Organization is run by a Board of Directors who oversee the organization’s efforts to provide residents, fellows and staff members with unique resources to enhance their medical education.

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