A local pediatrician has been recognized with an award for delivering medical care to orphans in third world countries.

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More information about the award program and other honorees is available at therealawards.com.

Dr. Robert Clifford, chairman of the pediatric departments at Roper and St. Francis hospitals in Charleston, is the recipient of the Save the Children Federation’s REAL Award, a distinction “designed to develop greater respect and appreciation for health workers and the lifesaving care they provide globally, as well as in the United States.” Nine winners, announced Monday, were selected through a combination of nominations, the number of votes submitted online by the public and an interview.

In his career, Clifford has led medical missions in Thailand, Burma, Jordan and Iraq.

“There is so much incredible need not only in our own country, but all over the place for good reliable healthcare,” Clifford said. “Quite candidly, because my heavenly father has given me so much, I feel compelled to give back.”

Clifford graduated from Medical University of South Carolina in 1996 and now serves as a faculty member there.

Each REAL Award recipient wins a one-night trip to Washington for Save the Children Advocacy Day in April.

More information about the award program and the other honorees is available online, www.theREALawards.com.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier. Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.