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Madison, Wis. (April 21, 2011) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS, with the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award on April 8. An assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Navsaria received the award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
The Viste Award is presented annually to a young physician who demonstrates commitment to patients, the medical profession and the community. The Foundation received nominations for Dr. Navsaria from both medical students and colleagues.
With a master’s degree in library and information science, Dr. Navsaria is a tireless advocate for literacy. He serves as director for the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and as medical director for Wisconsin’s Reach Out and Read program, a nationally recognized early literacy effort based out of health care professionals’ offices. He also volunteers at the MEDiC student-run free clinics and performs well-child examinations for children entering Head Start and at tribal health centers.
“Doctor Navsaria is to children and his professional peers a strong example of what passion, persistence and patience can do to make a difference in the well-being of children and families in Wisconsin and elsewhere,” said Jeffrey Lamont, MD, president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in his nomination letter.
In accepting the award, Dr. Navsaria thanked the students who nominated him and shared this quote from E.B. White: “I rise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
The Foundation will contribute $750 to the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects in his honor.
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, chartered in 1955 as a charitable organization, works to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting medical and health education and statewide public health initiatives.
With nearly 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.