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2017 ACPM Award Winners
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Congratulations to this year's winners:



Distinguished Service Award

Annette E. Kussmaul, MD, MPA, FACPM

 Dr. Kussmaul, a Board-certified Preventive Medicine specialist, is the Associate Regional Administrator (ARA) for the Division of Quality Improvement, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in Boston, MA.  In this role, she provides management oversight of staff, as well as leadership and vision for the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) and ESRD Network programs.  Dr. Kussmaul transferred to the Boston Regional Office in January 2016, after several years as the ARA for the Division of Quality Improvement in the CMS Kansas City Regional Office.  Previously, as a Medical Officer for CMS, she led outpatient projects for the QIO program, overseeing the work of 53 state-based QIOs assisting physician offices in using electronic health records and tracking and improving preventive services.  Dr. Kussmaul received the 2010 Brenda Burton Award from the CMS Quality Improvement Program.  She completed her Preventive Medicine residency and was Chief Resident at Stony Brook.  Dr. Kussmaul received her M.D. from New York Medical College, and her M.P.H. from Columbia University Graduate School of Public Health.


Ronald Davis Special Recognition

 Wayne Stephen Dysinger, MD, MPH, FACPM

Dr. Dysinger is a preventive and family medicine physician who currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Lifestyle Medicine Solutions, a new model primary care concept that is built on Lifestyle Medicine.  He is also Chair of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, and Medical Director of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP).  He is an active faculty at Loma Linda University and consults, teaches and participates in research on Lifestyle Medicine issues around the world.  Dr. Dysinger was previously Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University.  He is a past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, is on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and has worked in various capacities with the American Medical Association and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. Dr. Dysinger earned his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine (1986), and his MPH from Loma Linda University School of Public Health (1990).  He has previously worked in Guam, Atlanta and Dartmouth.


William Kane Rising Star

Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, FACPM 

Dr. Ingrid Edshteyn is a Board Certified Preventive Medicine physician and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Her foundational vision is to advance the field of preventive medicine with interdisciplinary collaborations so that well-being and health promoting lifestyles become the new norm. Dr. Edshteyn has been a passionate advocate for the central importance of proactive prevention as the foundation for medicine since the start of clinical training, when she joined both the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). Since then, she has served on the Board of Directors of ACLM and is currently the Associate Executive Director for Membership and Education at this national professional society. In 2015, she completed Columbia University’s Health Policy & Management Executive MPH, which has added an understanding of the larger policy and economic issues shaping our potential impact within clinical Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine practice. She has also started her own practice which brings together these pillars of proactive prevention, Valia Lifestyle. It has been an honor for her to serve as the Track Chair for this year’s PM17 conference, and hopes that the sessions provided a glimpse in to the multitude of exciting developments with this segment of PM – the mindfulness, fitness, nutrition, clinical practice models, health equity, and concepts on proactive positive mindset.  Anticipating a promising transition to value-based care and the opportunity it affords for scalable and sustainable health promoting interventions is invigorating, with the hope that this will bring a new era for the expansion of our society and the principles which we uphold and embrace.


Donald Gemson Resident Award 

 Regan Stiegmann, DO, MPH

Dr. Regan A. Stiegmann is in her final year of Preventive Medicine residency training at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and will graduate in June 2017. In 2016, she was elected as the Young Director for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine's Board of Directors. She is a Captain in the United States Air Force. She received her medical degree from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) in Parker, CO including a military medicine honors track. She completed a traditional rotating internship at Columbus Regional Health, Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, GA. She has a strong passion for Lifestyle Medicine and the promotion of mindfulness in health care. Dr. Stiegmann's professional interests include positive psychology, human performance optimization, health care efficiency, mental health and sexual health, as well as the study of philosophical, quantum, and anthropologic medicine. Outside of medicine, she enjoys photography, dancing, gardening, cooking, and adventuring. In July 2017 she will begin working at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO as a flight surgeon. As a Denver native, she is ecstatic to return to Colorado to further pursue her career in Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine.


The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

Prerna Mona Khanna, MD, MPH, FACPM 

Dr Mona Khanna is a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security, a triple residency-trained, board-certified practicing medical doctor, an Emmy award-winning multi-platform medical journalist and member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society.  Her "Ask Dr Mona" medical columns are nationally syndicated in Gannett-owned newspapers.  For 3 months in 2015, Dr. Prerna Mona Khanna served as the head of occupational medicine for the World Health Organization in Liberia to help fight the Ebola epidemic. She was responsible for the health and safety of health workers and for providing technical support to the World Health Organization, Liberia Ministry of Health and partner non-governmental organizations, such as Oxfam and Médecins Sans Frontières. She helped train more than 60 environmental health technicians in burying Ebola patients and disinfecting health facilities across the country without becoming infected. Using her journalism background, she created a video news story about the training that was posted on the World Health Organization website.  It wasn't her first disaster deployment. In the past 17 years, she has volunteered her time and medical skills after 5 hurricanes, 4 earthquakes, 2 tsunamis, 1 plane crash, 1 typhoon, 1 flood, 1 disease outbreak and 1 terrorist attack. She has also provided humanitarian relief to 10 developing countries, bringing her overseas aid work to a total of 14 countries. She specializes in emergency preparedness, responding to and reporting on disasters. Her medical relief efforts have been widely acclaimed and last May, she was recognized with the 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for Contribution to America by Immigrants.

Federal Preventive Medicine Medical Officer 

 Walter Wendell Williams, MD, MPH, FACPM

Dr. Williams is a Medical Epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  He currently serves as a Medical Officer in the Assessment Branch, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. He has held a number of leadership positions during his over 35 years at CDC, including serving as the CDC Associate Director for Minority Health and principal advisor to CDC executives on health disparities and minority health issues.   He has published extensively and spoken at regional and national symposia on topics related to epidemiology, public health, and preventive medicine.  He served with distinction as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service for 30 years receiving numerous commendations for outstanding achievements, retiring from the Corps honorably in June 2011.  He holds faculty appointments at the Morehouse Medical School and the Emory University School of Public Health, and is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

 President’s Award for Contributions to Health Equity

 George Rust, MD, MPH

Dr. George Rust, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM is a Professor at the FSU College of Medicine in Tallahassee, FL, where he also directs the Center for Medicine and Public Health.  He is board-certified in both Family Practice and in Preventive Medicine. Dr. Rust began his career serving six years as Medical Director for the West Orange Farmworkers Health Association in Central Florida.  He then taught for 24 years on faculty at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where he was founding director of the Morehouse Faculty Development Program as well as the National Center for Primary Care. He also served as lead author for the Georgia Health Disparities Report.  In 2015, he was senior scientific advisor to the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Rust is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and is the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards for teaching and service.  His career as a family physician and scholar has consistently focused on primary health care and community health for those in greatest need, and on charting a path to health equity.


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