People in the News/Awards -- November/December

December 21, 2018 12:41 pm News Staff

AAFP members frequently receive various honors or are named to leadership positions. During the past two months, a pair of Academy members were so recognized.

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Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the Academy's Commission on Health of the Public and Science, a former AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow and AAFP liaison to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, has been recognized as a Flu Fighter Partner(www.cdc.gov) by the CDC. Savoy was one of 13 health care professionals recently profiled by the CDC for their efforts to increase influenza vaccination rates.

In her profile, Savoy spoke about her work promoting flu vaccination: "As a family physician, I have had many opportunities to promote flu prevention in my practice, around my community and at a national level. As an immunization leader for the American Academy of Family Physicians, I've developed and promoted vaccine policies, advocated for immunization coverage, taught continuing medical education for family physicians and mentored practices through quality improvement to improve their vaccination rates."

Savoy is associate professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2002 and completed her residency at the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pa., in 2005.

Jehni Robinson, M.D., has been appointed(keck.usc.edu) chair of the Department of Family Medicine and associate dean for primary care at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. She had served as interim chair of the department for the past year and previously served as vice chair for clinical affairs.

Previously a professor of clinical family medicine, Robinson has been a faculty member at the school since 2014. In her new role, she will offer guidance on the development of clinical practice in the community and provide consultation regarding primary care practices and protocols.

"It is a great pleasure to lead the Department of Family Medicine and continue its important mission of providing quality care to patients," said Robinson. "I'm excited to work with the department's exceptionally talented clinicians, staff and students to provide patient-centered, team-based health and wellness to all patients touched by Keck Medicine of USC, particularly those in the local underserved communities surrounding our health sciences campus."

Before joining the Keck school, Robinson was chief medical officer at the Saban Community Clinic (formerly the Los Angeles Free Clinic) and interim clinical director of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County. She graduated summa cum laude from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1997 and completed her residency at the Harbor-University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in 2000.