Daniel L. Preud’Homme, M.D., "was a superb clinician, a valued mentor, and continuously exuded an enthusiasm for life.”
By Casandra Andrews
Daniel L. Preud’Homme, M.D., founder of the USA Health Pediatric Healthy Life Center and a professor of pediatrics at the Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama, died July 13.
A valued member of the USA Health Department of Pediatrics for 17 years, he served as medical director of the Adolescent Clinic for more than a decade. In that capacity, he provided an invaluable service to children and pediatricians throughout our region.
“He was truly a renaissance man in academic medicine in the Mobile medical community,” said David Gremse, M.D., FAAP, FACG, who serves as the Hollis J. Wiseman Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Whiddon College of Medicine. “He was a superb clinician, a valued mentor, and continuously exuded an enthusiasm for life.”
Preud’Homme earned his medical degree from the University of Liege in Belgium in 1985, then came to the United States for his pediatric residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, followed by a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Columbia University. He served on the faculty at Wright State University and the medical staff at Dayton Children’s Hospital before moving to USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital in 2006. He was board certified in pediatric gastroenterology and nationally recognized for his research and work with patients.
He served numerous roles in academic medicine, caring for patients and educating the next generation of healthcare providers. Among his roles were course director of the MS-2 Gastrointestinal and Nutrition Module; chair of the Quality Improvement Team leadership committee; adolescent medicine attending physician; pediatric gastroenterologist for the pediatric bariatric surgery program; pediatric hospitalist; and general pediatrics clinic attending physician.
His work in pediatric medicine went beyond his practice and spanned community groups on the Gulf Coast, including the Bay Area Food Bank, and internationally with medical missions to Haiti, Gremse said. He was also a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology.
“We were deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Preud’Homme’s passing,” said John V. Marymont, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Whiddon College of Medicine. “His passion for practicing in an academic health setting was evident through his roles as a physician and professor, sharing knowledge with students as he strived to help his young patients improve their quality of life. He will certainly be missed.”
The visitation will be held on Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home at 6040 Three Notch Road, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m.