Given to public health leaders at the Dean’s discretion, the medallion honors those who have made a significant impact in the field of public health. Medallion recipients are those whose careers and personal efforts have been dedicated to rigorous public health research, education, and practice by preventing disease, promoting health, and enhancing quality of life.
As a primary care pediatrician in Bloomington for more than 30 years, Laughlin has had numerous positive impacts on the health of our community’s children. He set out on a mission of building a practice that was open 365 days a year, had built in urgent care, and operated with strong business practices and principles. Today, this practice is an example to all other pediatric practices, and, in 2005, earned the National Practice of the Year award.
Having completed a fellowship in Pulmonology, Laughlin is passionate about caring for kids with asthma and other respiratory conditions. His work resulted in Monroe County reporting the lowest rate of asthma hospitalizations in the state among five- to 17-year olds between 2007 and 2011.
In addition to his clinical work and expertise, Laughlin believes strongly in and feels a personal responsibility for giving back to the community. He is the volunteer medical director for the Monroe County Community School Corporation, served on the IU Health Bloomington Hospital and Bloomington Hospital Foundation Boards of Directors, and held committee appointments with the American Academy of Pediatrics on Administrative and Policy development.
“The scope and influence of Dr. Laughlin’s work on behalf of children in our community is tremendous. The health of the children in our community is better because of Dr. Laughlin’s expertise and dedication to taking good care of kids,” Torabi said during the medallion presentation. “It is my honor to bestow upon you the Dean’s Medallion in recognition of your positive and lasting influence on public health in Indiana.”
Laughlin graduated from the IU School of Medicine, completed his residency in Pediatrics and a Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American Thoracic Society.