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Hero of Family Medicine

Lauren Simon, MD, MPH, 2016 Recipient


The CAFP Hero of Family Medicine Award goes to the family physician who has represented our specialty, our profession and our patients so strongly that we bestow the title ‘hero.’ The award winner has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advocate for his or her patients, practice family physician colleagues and family medicine. The Hero thinks “outside the exam room” and demonstrates the many different forms family medicine advocacy can take, from political activism to quality improvement education to donating time and energy to help his or her community.

This year's winner of the California Academy of Family Physicians “2016 Hero of Family Medicine Award” was presented in March at the All Member Advocacy Meeting to Lauren Simon, MD, MPH.

Lauren Simon is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at the Loma Linda-Inland Empire Consortium for Healthcare Education and Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine at Loma Linda University. Aside from being a superb family physician, she is an inspiring leader and an excellent teacher. In 2014, Dr. Simon was named the Educator of the Year by CAFP, receiving the 2014 Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence.

Since CAFP Lobby Day was begun in 2008, Dr. Simon has not only steadfastly attended herself, she has brought with her the largest delegation of residents and active physicians, as you can see even today.  Doctor Simon has given so much of herself and her personal time to advance family medicine’s legislative agenda. She has been integral to family medicine’s advocacy efforts in the Inland Empire, establishing relationships with every State Senator and Assemblymember holding office in the region, inviting them to tour her program and those in the region. She has also brought residents to local legislator events on behalf of CAFP and FP-PAC.

In addition to all of this, Dr. Simon serves as chair of the Medical Student and Resident Affairs Committee and regional leader for the CAFP Residency Network. She is also a member of the CAFP Foundation Board of Trustees.  In these roles, she helps plan the annual Family Medicine Summit and procedural workshops, introducing medical students to the specialty and engaging residents in scholarly activity through local and statewide research conferences. Dr. Simon consistently fights to develop the pipeline of the next generation of family physicians.

It would be hard to find an example of someone more deserving of this award. Dr. Simon’s efforts to grow and strengthen the family physician community through education, advocacy and leadership make her a true family medicine champion and our 2016 Hero of Family Medicine.  Congratulations, Lauren.

Past Recipients

2015: Ashby Wolfe, MD, MPH, MPP 2012: Eric Ramos, MD 2009: Carla Kakutani, MD
2014: Jeremy Fish, MD 2011: Walt Mills, MD and
Lyman "Bo" Greaves, MD
2008: James T. Hay, MD
2013: Catherine Forest, MD 2010: Patricia Samuelson, MD