Dr. Thomas Metcalf, a Salt Lake pediatrician, has been given the 2008 Child Advocacy Award by the Senior Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Metcalf was picked because of his leadership on issues such as Utah's first car-seat safety legislation, child-abuse prevention, and children's health insurance. The honor, given each year to someone who is actively engaged in advocacy to improve the lives of children, will be presented to him at a national conference in Boston in October.