The Cincinnati Business Courier has honored Bea Lampkin, MD, with its 2013 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement award. Lampkin is a professor emerita and faculty member who served as the director of Hematology/Oncology at Cincinnati Children’s from 1973 until her retirement in 1991.

Lampkin was inspired to become a physician by her grandfather, a desire that was strengthened after she contracted polio in 1940. She was one of just a handful of women to earn an MD at the time, graduating from the Medical College of Alabama in 1960.

Lampkin first arrived at Cincinnati Children’s as a resident in 1963. She left briefly to do a fellowship in Los Angeles, but then returned in 1965.

Over the years, Lampkin’s research helped improve the treatment of childhood leukemia. She authored or co-authored more than 120 journal articles, more than 30 book chapters and presented nearly 100 abstracts. She also is a past president of the American Society of Hematology-Oncology.

Under her leadership, the Division of Hematology/Oncology grew to include 13 full-time faculty and six fellows, four specialty centers and two specialty clinics. The Bone Marrow Transplant Program, the Long-Term Survivors Clinic and the School Re-entry Program were started during her tenure as director of the division.

Lampkin also lent her support to the Children’s Family House, helping to raise $1.3 million when it opened in 1982. Now known as the Ronald McDonald House, it was a place where families could stay while their children were being treated at the medical center.

Retirement hasn’t slowed Lampkin down. She continues to teach fellows, and she co-founded GLAD House, a program designed for children, ages 5-12, and their families to help break the cycle of substance abuse.

Lampkin’s many honors include the Distinguished Career Award of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology in 2001, the Drake Medal, which is the highest honor given by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. In December 2012, she was named a Great Living Cincinnatian.