Oct 7, 2011

2011 Physician Advocacy Merit Award Winners Announced

IMAP has selected Dr. Kimberly S. G. Chang, Dr. Anne Davis and Dr. Michael P. Hirsh to receive the Physician Advocacy Merit Award for 2011.

The Merit Award gives national recognition annually to three physicians for their commitments and accomplishments in the advocacy arena. The award includes a $10,000 gift to support their ongoing efforts in promoting and realizing the principles of civic engagement.

Dr. Kimberly ChDr. Changang is a family physician and Site Director of the Frank Kiang Medical Center of Asian Health Services (AHS), a comprehensive community health center in Oakland, California’s Chinatown, which provides primary health care services to over 21,000 limited-English-proficient, low-income, and underserved Asian immigrants and refugees annually.


Dr. DavisDr. Anne Davis - an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center- serves as Medical Director for Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH). In that role, she brings an evidence-based physician voice to local and national media as well as policy discussions in Washington and Albany.


Dr. Michael Hirsh serves as President of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, a consortium of 42 Injury Prevention sites based at Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers. He was recently appointed Surgeon-In-Chief for the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center.



Click here to read full biographies of all three winners.

Honorable mentions for the 2011 Physician Advocacy Merit Award were given to Dr. Anda Kuo, Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, and Dr. Gary Smith.

 Dr. Anda Kuo is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco, the Associate Chief of Community Engagement for the Division of General Pediatrics and the founding director of the UCSF Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved residency program which launched in 2004 with the vision of creating a cadre of pediatric leaders who would transform the health of underserved children.  Her vision is for leadership development to be incorporated into the core of medical education so that all physicians may serve as effective agents of change.

Dr. Gary Smith is Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Ohio State University, founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance. Dr. Smith has been an active researcher and advocate in the field of injury prevention for more than 25 years, and has more than 120 injury-related peer-reviewed publications focusing on prevention of injuries to children and adolescents.

Dr. Pablo Rodriguez is Associate Chair for Community Relationships in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women and Infants' Hospital, former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Waren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He is an active public health advocate and engages in a variety of civic and charitable organizations both locally and nationally.

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