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Congratulations AAP-CA3 2021 Chapter Award Winners

AAP-CA3’s Pediatrician of the Year

“Having worked with Dr. Anders early on in my career and having witnessed firsthand the connection she had and tremendous impact on improving the health of the pediatric community, I am both humbled and honored to be chosen as the Bronwen Anders Pediatrician of the Year.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3 (AAP-CA3) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2021 Bronwen Anders Pediatrician of the Year Award is Ken Morris, MD, FAAP. Dr. Morris graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1993 before completing his pediatric internship & residency at UCSD in 1996. Shortly after joining a Federally Qualified Health Center, North County Health Services (now called TrueCare) as a general pediatrician, he became an active member of the steering committee working with Dr. Mark Sawyer and his CDC-funded “Partnership for Immunization Providers” grant. One of his proudest early accomplishments was helping raise the center’s 2-year-old immunization rates from 55% to 90% over a period of 2 years while focusing on missed opportunities. This launched a career-long interest in partnering with several quality projects that would help improve immunization rates in the San Diego community. 

Read Dr. Ken Morris’ full feature here.

AAP-CA3’s Early Career Physician Pediatrician of the Year

“At a time in our history when it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the inequities and hardships faced by so many of our young patients, this recognition has energized me to keep speaking out for vulnerable youth, and to have faith that the extra efforts we make as pediatricians do make a difference.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3 (AAP-CA3) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2021 Early Career Physician (ECP) Pediatrician of the Year Award is Maya Kumar, MD, FAAP. Dr. Kumar graduated with her medical degree from the University of Alberta before completing her residency at Western University, subspecialty residency from University of Toronto, and fellowship from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Read Dr. Maya Kumar’s full feature here.

AAP-CA3’s Special Achievement Awardees

Dr. Marsha Spitzer received an AAP-CA3 Special Achievement Award for her
many years of outstanding service to AAP-CA3 Board, Reach Out and Read San
Diego, and San Diego’s children. As a child champion, her leadership extends
to state and national levels with AAP-CA & ALF.

AAP-CA3’s Special Achievement Awardees

Dr. Erin Fortune
“It was so challenging to know how to best support and advocate for the well-being of school-aged children across San Diego amongst such uncertainty. I was grateful to be part of a passionate group that volunteered their time, expertise & diverse perspectives to support children & their families during the pandemic.”

Dr. Fortune received an AAP-CA3 Special Achievement Award for her leadership and contributions forming/chairing AAP-CA3’s COVID-19 & Schools Partnership Committee. The committee advocated for children around topics including in-person school and child/youth mental health and well-being.

AAP-CA3’s Special Achievement Awardees

Dr. Vi Nguyen

“The Special Achievement Award from the AAP-CA3 gives me hope. It gives me hope that we can bend the arc toward a sustainable and livable future. I can’t think of any group more powerful and impactful than pediatricians fighting for kids, and that means advocating for their home – our planet.”

Also known as “Dr. Plastic Picker,” Dr. Nguyen received an AAP-CA3 Special Achievement Award for her leadership forming/co-chairing AAP-CA3’s Climate Change & Health Committee. The committee’s projects include community activities/art contests while advocating for measures that combat climate change and promote a healthier environment for children.