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Suzanne G. Riggs
Professor of Pediatrics Suzanne G. Riggs passed away on April 28, 2009. Riggs, 62, died of cancer complicated by kidney disease at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center.
Riggs graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1968. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and as a faculty member at Harvard founded the Children’s Hospital’s Young Parents Program. After her return to Brown, Riggs started the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. Under her direction, the Division grew to include five physicians.
Riggs was nationally known for her research on the medical complications of eating disorders. She was a member of the Academic Pediatric Association, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. She served as medical director of clinical services at the Rhode Island Training School (the state’s juvenile detention center) for more than 20 years and on the boards of Caritas House, Inc. and Planned Parenthood of RI. Last year, the Training School dedicated the Suzanne Riggs, MD Medical Clinic in recognition of her service. She also engaged in volunteer medical work in Guatemala.
She is survived by three children, including daughter Amy Hennessey MD’04. Donations may be made in her honor to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital fund for eating disorder patients and their families or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
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