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Richard B. Heyman, M.D., FAAP, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Cincinnati, died Aug. 13 after a brief struggle with non-smoker’s lung cancer. He was 66.
Dr. Heyman served as chair of the AAP Section on Adolescent Health Executive Committee (2003-’07) and chair of the Committee on Substance Abuse (1994-’98). In 2011, the Academy honored him with the Adele Dellenbaugh Hofmann Award for adolescent health achievements.
Dr. Heyman was a key advocate on former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop’s Advisory Committee on Tobacco Policy and Public Health in the late 1990s. He helped develop major public health recommendations about the future of tobacco policy, including a 2008 AAP-endorsed clinical practice guideline on tobacco cessation. He also educated his own patients who smoked on how tobacco companies entice them to smoke.
Past president of the Cincinnati Pediatric Society, he was involved in the Ohio Chapter. After 36 years, he retired from Suburban Pediatric Associates in 2011 and volunteered at Hilton Head’s Volunteers in Medicine Clinic while continuing part time with his Cincinnati practice.
He earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
A classical music and opera aficionado, he served on the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. He is survived by his wife, Beth, three sons and eight grandchildren.
To honor Dr. Heyman’s passion for helping adolescents struggling with substance abuse, the section is planning to rename the AAP Founders of Adolescent Health Award as the Richard B. Heyman Award. The award recognizes contributions to the community to improve the care of teens and education of pediatricians about health care needs of adolescents.