Eric Ayers, M.D.
Dr. Ayers, a 1989 graduate of the School of Medicine, was the blue ribbon winner of the Parents’ Pick Awards 2009 program conducted by ParentsConnect, the online parenting Web site of television broadcaster Nickelodeon.
“I had no idea that I was even nominated,” said Dr. Ayers, section chief and program director of Med-Peds for the Department of Internal Medicine. “I was notified by a nurse from Children’s Hospital of Michigan and thought that she was pulling my leg.”
To vote, parents had to visit the ParentsConnect website between May 5 and July 15. Parents could vote for their favorite “family-friendly” businesses in categories such as ice cream shop, pizza shop, museum, shoe store and book store. Votes were tallied for individual cities, and Dr. Ayers collected the most votes in the category of pediatrician for the Detroit region.
“The nursing, clerical and records staff are happy that our hard work and dedication are paying off,” Dr. Ayers said. “The notification is a reward in itself in that my patients and their parents took the time out to nominate me. I am honored and humbled at being recognized with such an honor. I am surrounded by outstanding and dedicated colleagues who are outstanding physicians. I realize each day that I am blessed with a gift and attempt to use it each and every day to deliver excellent care, potent advice and mentor the pediatric patients that I serve. As my patients and parents know, I tell it like it is with no side-stepping or sugar-coating, for there may not be any tomorrows.”
Featuring the motto, “We’re not perfect, we’re parents,” ParentsConnect is an Internet portal that offers an array of information on raising children and activities for families. The site was developed by the company that produces programming for Noggin, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite.
“This vote is a wonderful testament to how highly the parents of children in the region regard Dr. Ayers,” said Valerie Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., interim dean of the School of Medicine. “His commitment to the health of children, health care access for all children, and the caring way in which he interacts with children and their families make him a natural to win this honor.”