2016 ACPM Award Winners
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Congratulations to this year's winners:




Distinguished Service Award

Elizabeth Tilson, MD, MPH, FACPM is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics and is a Fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics.   She provides primary care at Wake County Human Services Child Health Clinic and serves as the Medical Director of Community Care of Wake/Johnston Counties; a population health management program for Medicaid and other populations, involving ~180 primary care practice sites and ~160, 000 patients and one of the 14 networks of the statewide program, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC).  She also serves as the Chief Network Clinical Officer for CCNC, representing the 14 Network Medical Directors, and served as the Associate Medical Director for the Child Health Accountable Care Collaborative – a CMMI funded initiative to improve the coordination of care for medically complex and fragile children.

Dr. Tilson received her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and then completed her medical degree and Pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She then furthered her training at the University of North Carolina –Chapel Hill and completed a Master of Public Health, a residency in Preventive Medicine, and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Cancer Control and Education Program.  She served as chief resident for the UNC Preventive Medicine Program and received the John Atkinson Ferrell Distinguished Preventive Medicine Resident Award. 

She has been active in local, state, and national pediatric, public health and preventive medicine organizations.  She serves on the Advisory Board for her local Federally Qualified Health Center and recently completed service as the Vice Chair of the Pediatric Department and Chair of the Pediatric QI Committee for WakeMed Health and Hospitals.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the NC Healthy Start Foundation and the North Carolina Community Care Networks, Inc and is a member of the North Carolina Pediatric Society, Executive Committee of the NC Academy of Preventive Medicine, and the University of North Carolina Preventive Medicine Residency Advisory Committee.  She received the 2010 UNC John Atkinson Ferrell Award for Excellence in Teaching Preventive Medicine.  On the national level, she has been a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine since 2005 and chaired the Young Physician Section in 2007 and the Preventive Medicine 2008 committee.  She has served on the Preventive Medicine 2007 and 2013 Planning Committees, the 2011-2012 Strategic Planning Task Force, the 2012-2013 Childhood Injury Risk Assessment Tool Project  Expert Panel, and on the ACPM Board of Regents from 2008-2015.  She currently chairs the Awards Committee.  She was the 2008 recipient of the ACPM William Kane Rising Star Award.



Ronald Davis Special Recognition

Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH, FACPM is Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, and Health Management & Policy in the School of Public Health and Professor of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Division in the University of Michigan Health System.  He is also Senior Associate Dean for Global Public Health at the School of Public Health and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.  He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Director of the CDC-funded Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies, and Associate Director of the HRSA-funded Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center.  He was the Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency at the University Michigan for 13 years.  Prior to moving to the University of Michigan in 2005, he worked for many years in public health practice first as a local health department Medical Director for four different health departments including Detroit/Wayne County, and later as the governor’s Chief Medical Executive and State Epidemiologist where he was the lead physician/epidemiologist at the state health department with oversight responsibility for all state communicable disease surveillance and control, immunization programs, environmental health, vital records and health statistics, Medicaid, substance abuse, mental health, and services to the aging.  He is the past Vice President of the Michigan Public Health Institute, a former commissioned officer in the US FDA, and served 5 years on the CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors for Infectious Diseases and is a member of the Editorial Board of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. He holds an appointment from the Chinese Government as Senior Scientific Advisor to the Tianjin Centers for Disease Control in Tianjin, China and has authored over 175 peer review papers, published abstracts, book chapters, and technical reports.  Dr. Boulton has received numerous national, state and university awards including the APTR Duncan Clark Award (2012), the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Health Practice (2012), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Distinguished Partner of the Year (2012), the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Alumni of the Year (2009), Excellence in Teaching Award (2005) and John Romani Award (2011), the APTR F. Marion Bishop Outstanding Educator of the Year (2005), and the Michigan Public Health Association’s Distinguished Service Award (2003), among others. 



William Kane Rising Star

Jaspal Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, FACPM
 is a board-certified preventive medicine physician in the US Public Health Service.  He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.  He served as a medical officer in the US Army for 8 years during which time he completed residencies in both preventive medicine and occupational medicine in the Washington, DC area.  He spent 4 years at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases engaging in international public health development and biological threat reduction.  In 2012, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan, working on civil-health reconstruction.  After transitioning to the US Public Health Service, he was assigned to the US Coast Guard where he was the waiver granting authority for all pilots and air crew who did not meet physical standards, and he also adjudicated physical disability boards for those who were no longer eligible for service.  He is currently transferring to the Food and Drug Administration and will be responsible for pharmacovigilance of certain vaccines and other biologic products..



  Donald Gemson Resident Award

Bhavini Patel Murthy, MD, MPH
 is in her second a final year of her residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her time as a resident she has completed numerous rotations, including the first with the NC Division of Public Health, where one activity was to develop webinar and tabletop exercises to train local health department staff on Ebola preparedness.  She then turned this into a teaching webinar for preventive medicine residents across the US, and delivered this with assistance her NC Division of Public Health mentor to over 30 residents.  This webinar was officially offered by the American College of Preventive Medicine, with which she already had conducted a several-month policy rotation. She completed a quality improvement rotation with a local primary care practice, conducting an evaluation of their behavioral counseling intervention, which became an award-winning abstract within UNC and will be presented at the state public health association conference.  Her clinical work has been in STD and TB treatment with two local health departments. She has two research projects underway, one assisting a medical director of a local health department in research efforts to understand HIV PrEP implementation, the second working with the state health department to analyze emergency room utilization data for persons with diabetes. In addition to her work through her program, Dr. Murthy has been highly active in ACPM, including the Resident Physician Section.    


The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

Karsten Lunze, MD, DrPH, MPH, FACPM
is an assistant professor at Boston University with a clinical background in pediatrics and preventive medicine.  He conducts research at the intersection of global health and human rights. With his wife Fatima Lunze, MD, ScD, PhD, FASE, he co-founded and co-directs the nonprofit " Health in the Caucasus, " a civil society organization dedicated to  humanitarian assistance for refugees and victims of terror, and to capacity building in the health sector.  For their efforts in health system strengthening in the region, they were awarded the Humanitarian Medal by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  and EMERCOM Russia.

Karsten is a keen supporter of the College's global health agenda as regular meeting planner, presenter and moderator, servers as advocate for public health on the board of the American Association of Public Health Physicians and other organizations, and is a maternal and child health advisor for WHO, UNICEF and other UN organizations.


Federal Preventive Medicine Medical Officer 

Rear Admiral retired (RADM Ret) Boris D. Lushniak, MD,MPH, is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics and Professor of Dermatology, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland.  The mission of “America’s Medical School” is to educate, train and prepare uniformed services health professionals to support the Military Health System, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States and the readiness of our Armed Forces.  He assumed this position in November 2015 and leads a faculty team that is responsible for medical student education, graduate programs from Masters to Doctorate level, two medical residency programs (Preventive and Occupational Medicine), and the Divisions of Global Health, Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Services Administration, Tropical Public Health, and the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program.

Dr. Lushniak was the US Deputy Surgeon General from November 2010 to September 2015, assisting the Surgeon General to articulate the best available scientific information to the public to improve personal health and the health of the Nation. He also oversaw the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our Nation.

Dr. Lushniak served as Acting Surgeon General from July 2013 to December 2014 and was responsible for the release of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health and the first ever Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. From January to March 2015 he served as commander of the USPHS Monrovia Medical Unit in Liberia, the only US government hospital providing care to ebola patients.

Dr. Lushniak began his USPHS career in 1988 in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and initially served with the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio where he conducted epidemiological investigations of workplace hazards. In 1993 he completed a dermatology residency at the University of Cincinnati and established an occupational skin disease program at NIOSH. He also served on assignments in Bangladesh, St. Croix, Russia, and Kosovo, was part of the CDC/NIOSH team at Ground Zero and part of the CDC anthrax team in Washington, DC. In 2004 he transitioned from CDC to the FDA in the Office of Counterterrorism and was appointed FDA Assistant Commissioner in 2005. He was deployed to Hurricane Katrina and also served as the FDA Deputy Incident Commander for the 2009 pandemic response. He was promoted to Rear Admiral, Lower Half in 2006 and attained the rank of Rear Admiral, Upper Half in 2010.

Dr. Lushniak was born in Chicago to post-World War II immigrants from Ukraine. He was admitted to the six-year Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University and completed his BS degree in 1981 and MD in 1983. In 1984 he completed the MPH degree at Harvard University. He completed a residency in family medicine in 1987 at St Joseph Hospital in Chicago and maintains board certifications in dermatology and preventive medicine (occupational).

A firm believer in leadership by example, Dr. Lushniak also promotes the core messages of the National Prevention Strategy via his active lifestyle. He is an avid long-distance bicyclist, runner and hiker. In 2013, he scaled the summit of the most heavily-glaciated peak in the United States, Washington’s 14-thousand foot Mount Rainier and in 2015 bicycled across the state of Iowa. He resides in Rockville, Maryland with his wife Dr. Patricia Cusumano and two daughters Larissa and Stephanie.


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