Year James Spence Medal awarded: 2004
Professor Spitz has done much during his outstanding career as a surgeon to further the surgical treatment of children, particularly those who are physically handicapped. He championed the plight of those with cerebral palsy and other congenital disorders whose foregut and its function prejudiced their ability to eat; demonstrating that appropriate surgery could improve their quality of life.
He pioneered the management of and treatment of conjoined twins and is the foremost international opinion in this field. He was responsible for modernising paediatric surgical training and ensuring that the UK has a first rate paediatric service.