Dr. Boies is a Professor of Pediatrics at UCSD and an active chapter member for over 20 years.
Dr. Boies is a general pediatrician at UCSD where she teaches and mentors residents and students in offices in La Jolla and on Frost Street. Her area of expertise lies in the field of breastfeeding medicine with an emphasis on helping the preterm infant and mother after discharge with the challenges of breastfeeding and lactation. In 2008 she established and continues to serve as Medical Director of the Premature Infant Nutrition Clinic (PINC) where she has seen over 1,200 mothers and infants. She is co-author of Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol #10, Breastfeeding the Late Preterm and Early Term Infant. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (an international organization of physicians of different specialties whose mission is to support and advocate breastfeeding based on evidence) for seven years and is currently serving as secretary.
An additional area of specialty and interest for Dr. Boies includes addressing parental vaccine hesitancy. She has been a member of the AAP-CA3 Infectious Disease Committee for over 15 years and served as Committee Chair for the last 12 years where she helped recruit pediatricians from most of the major pediatric practices/health systems to meet on a regular basis with San Diego County epidemiologists and infectious disease experts from UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital. This dynamic committee tackled a variety of challenging issues including revising current guidelines for managing tuberculosis, providing input to a county-wide Zika task force, and addressing the issue of inappropriate vaccine medical exemptions. The Committee was especially active over the last year starting with an emergency meeting called at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic where pediatricians shared how their offices were navigating the pandemic and complying with the many guidelines coming from health officials. The committee continued to meet approximately every six weeks, two meetings of which were in a town hall format where all Chapter members were invited.
Dr. Boies graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1978 and then completed her pediatric internship, residency and fellowship in pediatric infectious disease, working on clinical trials for the Hemophilus Influenza type B vaccine (1983) at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She joined the faculty of UCSD Academic General Pediatrics in 1992 after practicing in St. Louis for nine years.
Our Chapter and its leadership are proud to have Dr. Boies as a colleague and mentor. We are honored to present her with the AAP-CA3’s 2020 Bronwen Anders Pediatrician of the Year Award.
Dr. Robinson is a public health-trained pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine and Addiction Medicine committed to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable youth by eradicating health disparities and health inequities. She currently staffs an adolescent and young adult medicine clinic at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) providing primary and subspecialty care to military dependents. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University and a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UC San Diego.
She began her journey with AAP-CA3 when she first moved to San Diego in July 2019 and rapidly became involved in the Chapter’s activities by being selected as the Chapter’s first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Champion. She has conducted DEI trainings with AAP-CA3 staff and leadership members since being in this role. She has also participated as a speaker in the Chapter’s Adolescent Health Lecture Series. Additionally, Dr. Robinson serves as an Executive Committee member on the AAP’s Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care (COFCAKC) and a Board of Directors member on the National Association for Children of Addiction.
Dr. Robinson combines her clinical interests with medical education, clinical research, and advocacy. She has authored articles on managing opioid use disorder among youth, authored a book chapter on adolescent health disparities, and delivered lectures, discussions, and trainings on racism, equity, and health disparities both nationally and regionally. Dr. Robinson is also committed to training the next generation of pediatricians and is involved in mentoring numerous pediatric fellows, residents, and medical students at NMCSD and UCSD.
She completed pediatric residency, as well as a clinical and research adolescent medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.
Our Chapter and its leadership are proud to have Dr. Robinson as a colleague and mentor. We are honored to present her with the AAP-CA3’s inaugural ECP Pediatrician of the Year Award for 2020.