In Memoriam: Calvin CJ Sia, MD, FAAP
The American Academy of Pediatrics remembers the Grandfather of Medical Home, Cal Sia, MD, FAAP.
Dr. Sia, instrumental in the development of the family-centered medical home and Emergency Medical Services for Children Program, died August 19, 2020, in Honolulu at the age of 93. It was Dr. Sia who said, “Every child and youth deserves a medical home." His advocacy spanned a range of pediatric areas, including children with disabilities, emergency services for children, child abuse prevention and early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment standards.
Throughout his career, he received numerous honors, including the Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (2015), Clifford G. Grulee Award (2001), Job Lewis Smith Award in Community Pediatrics (2001), AMA Benjamin Rush Award (1998), the first Emergency Medical Service for Children National Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award (1998) and the AMA/AAP Abraham Jacobi Award (1992). In 2005, the AAP Council on Community Pediatrics established the Calvin C.J. Sia Community Pediatrics Medical Home Leadership and Advocacy Award. He was a member of the Council on Community Pediatrics, Section on International Child Health, and Section on Emergency Medicine within the AAP.
For more information on medical home and family-centered care, visit the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home.