NH AAP Vice President, Erik Shessler, MD presents the award for Pediatrician of the Year to Lisa DiBrigida, MD
Lisa DiBridgida, MD Lisa is dedicated to improving the psychosocial and physical health of New Hampshire children and youth. Before entering medical school Lisa earned an MS in early intervention at Wheelock College. Subsequently, she taught part time in preschools. From 1993-1999 she provided care for children and families at the Hitchcock Clinic in Manchester, advocating for holistic family centered care. Since 1999 she has been a child care consultant trainer and continues to offer ongoing support and technical assistance to the NH Department of Health and Human Services. In 2001 she began providing medical care and family support to children and youth at Child Health Services in Manchester. And since 2003 has been the Associate Medical Director for child health at Child Health Services and now Manchester Community Health Center. She is also a role model and key educator for both medical students and pediatric residents. Lisa is a champion for children with special health care needs and for those children and teens and families whose lives are impacted by psychosocial and economic challenges. She takes a positive approach to every challenge and maintains empathy for those families with whom she partners.
NH AAP President, Steve Chapman, MD, presents the Franklin Norwood Rogers award to Wendy Gladstone, MD
Wendy Gladstone, MD
Wendy is officially retired. However, in reality, “retired” is not a word that likely will ever apply to Wendy. Listed at the end of this nomination are her current volunteer activities. Wendy has been on most of these committees since their inception.
In addition to the activities listed below, Wendy is involved in the following:
Mentoring health care providers who currently provide child abuse evaluations in New Hampshire
Working to establish an organized and dedicated fully funded child abuse program in New Hampshire, including the recruitment of a physician specializing in child abuse.
Writing, directing, producing and acting in an educational film describing how a child abuse evaluation proceeds. The film will be shown to families whose children will be receiving a child abuse evaluation.
Wendy is also an active church organist and a gourmet cook. Her energy is boundless!
Current volunteer activities:
New Hampshire Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect (a committee which reviews and revises New Hampshire’s statues and policies on child abuse and neglect): 1989-present
Member, Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, American Academy of Pediatrics: 1998-present
Reviewer for Child Abuse and Neglect the journal of the International Society on the
Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect: 2003-present
Reviewer for The Quarterly Update, reviews of current child abuse medical research: 2004-present
Member, Child Fatality Review Committee for the state of New Hampshire, June 2009- present
Member, Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Coalition, Spring 2010-present; in March 2014 New Hampshire was recognized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome as having reached the families of 80% of infants born in NH with the prevention program "The Period of PURPLE Crying"
Specialty Pediatric Care (Child Maltreatment), per diem with the Child Advocacy and Protection Program (CAPP), Children's Hospital at Dartmouth
Member New Hampshire Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy Review Committee, June 2011-present
Initiated legislation in the NH House to develop a funding stream state-wide for medical evaluations in cases of possible child abuse or neglect Feb 2013-present
Governor's Commission on Medicaid Managed Care, March 2013-present
Member, New Hampshire Sudden Death in Youth Committee, January 2015-present
NH AAP President, Steve Chapman, MD presents the award for Public Citizen of the Year to Deb Samaha
Debra is the program manager for the Injury Prevention Center(IPC) at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and her advocacy efforts have benefitted children all over the New Hampshire. Deb leads Safe Kids NH at CHaD and is dedicated to preventing accidental childhood injury, which is the leading cause of death in children ages 14 and under in NH. She initiated the Period of PURPLE Crying, a shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma (SBS/AHT) prevention program, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and was instrumental in the expansion of the program to nearly every hospital in NH as well as several pediatric offices. In addition, Deb has lead the IPC in developing resources related to distracted driving education, teen suicide prevention and recreation/sports safety. Most recently, she is working on programming related to firearms safety and a gunlock distribution pilot initiative.
For her dedication and tireless efforts I feel Debra is a great candidate for Citizen of the Year.
Listed below are the NHPS annual award winners in years past: NH Pediatrician of the Year
2018- Lisa DiBrigida, MD
2013- William Edwards, MD
2012- John Moeschler, MD 2011- Torunn Rhodes, MD
2010- Ardis Oslen, MD 2009 - Greg Prazar, MD 2008 - Leonard "Skip" Small, MD2007 - Skip DeVito, MD 2006 - George Little, MD 2005 - Gene LaRiviere, MD 2004 - Chuck Capetta, MD 2003 - William Boyle, MD 2002 - Sol Rockenmacher, MD 2001 - Carl Cooley, MD 2000 - Gilbert Fuld, MD 1999 - Suzanne Boulter, MD 1998 - Wendy Gladstone, MD 1997 - Patricia Andrews, MD 1996 - Judith Frank, MD 1995 - Charles McMurphy, MD 1994 - Steve Kairys, MD 1993 - Selma Deitch, MD Franklin Norwood Rogers Award (Retired NH Pediatrician of the Year)
2018- Wendy Gladstone, MD
2013- William Boyle, MD
2012- Suzanne Boulter, MD
2011- 2010- Art Simington, MD
2009 - Eugene Lariviere, MD 2008 - Al Rozycki, MD 2007 - Sol Rockenmacher, MD 2006 - Spencer Brody, MD 2005 - Sam Dugan, MD 2004 - John Brooks, MD 2003 - Jim Pilliod, MD 2002 - Gilbert Fuld, MD 2001 - Pat Adams, MD 2000 - Robert Klein, MD 1999 - Robert Chamberlin, MD 1998 - Richard Waters, MD (posthumously) 1997 - Robert Wilson, MD NH Public Citizen of the Year
2018- Deb Samaha
2013- Audrey Knight
2012- 14 Family Support Coordinators of the New Hampshire Partners in Health Program (**See names below)
2011- Shawn LaFrance, MPH 2010- Jose Montero
2009 - Don Shumway
2008 - Terry Ohlson-Martin and Sylvia Pelletier 2007 - Elaine Frank 2006 - Susan Lynch, MD 2005 - Gina Balkus 2004 - Kathy Scambati and Sandi Van Scoyoc 2003 - Rep. Barbara French 2002 - Joan Ascheim (MCH) and Bill Boyle, MD 2001 - Jim Squires, MD 2000 - Katie Dunn and Tricia Brooks 1999 - Jane Hybsch (HHS) 1998 - Martha-Jean Madison (HHS - Spec. Med. Serv.) 1997 - James Pilliod, MD 1996 - Rep. Katherine Wells Wheeler and Sen C. Jeanne Shaheen 1995 - Rep. Mary Jane Wallner and Rep. Sharon Nordgren 1994 - Rep. Douglas Hall and Rep. Susan McLane Special Lifetime Achievement Award given to Richard Sigel for his mother, Selma Deitch, MD - 2004 Special Recognition Award 2000 - Suzanne Boulter, MD
**Joyce Bernier (Lancaster), Janice Boudreau (Concord), Georgie Clark (Portsmouth), Adam Dalpra (Upper Valley), Judy Day (Littlleton), Katy Gautsch (Laconia), Sandra Katsikas ( Manchester), Kristen McTigue (Nashua), Janet O'Brien (Keene), Maura Pennisi (Derry), Carmen Polo (Manchester), Judy Saddler (Dover), Bethany Smith (Laconia), and Leslie Stanicki (Conway)
New Hampshire Pediatric Society Annual Awards Guidelines
Three awards are granted annually. Solicitation for nominees begins in mid-December.
Nominations must include a biographical sketch of the nominee and paragraph describing the
reasons she/he is being nominated. The slate of nominees is announced and voting begins in
mid-March and ends in mid-April. Winners are announced and recognized at the Spring CME
meeting of the Pediatric Society.
The identity of nominating individuals should not be shared with voters or nominees.
Nominating individuals must be members in good standing of the New Hampshire Pediatric
Nominees may not previously have won an award in that particular category.
New Hampshire Pediatrician of the Year:
The New Hampshire Pediatrician of the Year Award is given to an outstanding pediatrician who
has contributed to the improvement of child health care in our state or nationally. It can be given
for either a special project or for years of service on behalf of children. In order to be eligible for
the Pediatrician of the Year Award, a chapter member must be a member in good standing of
Nominations may be based on the following criteria:
1. Active involvement in local chapter initiatives
2. Work in the area of advocacy for children
3. Involvement in community public awareness campaigns on behalf of children
4. Excellence in clinical areas
5. Active involvement on state-level or national-level committee(s)
6. Active involvement in the passage of state legislation benefiting children
7. Involvement in projects or programs that serve the needs of children
8. Well respected in medical and public communities
9. Longevity, with a notable number of years devoted to the community and chapter
on behalf of children
10. Involvement in other special projects or activities that contribute to the improvement of
child health care
New Hampshire Public Citizen Award:
This award recognizes the individual who has performed extraordinary work in the effort to
promote the health and welfare of New Hampshire's children and families. The award is
presented to a resident (nonphysician or physician) of New Hampshire who has contributed
outstanding work as an advocate for children and children’s healthcare.
Nominations may be based on the following criteria:
1. Demonstrated service to a project or cause on behalf of children
2. Established community involvement to effect change in systems affecting children’s
3. Proven commitment to children’s issues
4. Local, state, or national champion of causes affecting children
Franklin Norwood Rogers Award (Retired New Hampshire Pediatrician of the Year):
The Franklin Norwood Rogers Award is given to an outstanding retired pediatrician who has
contributed to the improvement of child health care in our state or nationally. It can be given for
either a special project or for years of service on behalf of children. In order to be eligible for the
Pediatrician of the Year Award, a chapter member must be (or have been, prior to retirement) a
member in good standing of the NHPS.
The selection criteria are identical to those for Pediatrician of the Year with the additional
stipulation that the pediatrician is retired from active practice.
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