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Acting Secretary of Health Receives 2023 Pediatrician of the Year Award


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Caption: Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen (center) poses with her award with PA AAP President Dr. Mary Ann Rigas (left) and PA AAP Executive Director Annette Myarick (right). 

Harrisburg, PA - Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Debra Bogen was honored today as 2023 Pediatrician of the Year by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP). The chapter gives this award annually to recognize a pediatric fellow who exemplifies the ideals of the profession and advocates for children’s health and increased access to health services.  

“There is nothing more rewarding than helping families get needed care for their children, empowering families to manage their children’s health issues, or helping parents with their newborn,” said Dr. Bogen. “Caring for children takes a village – and our health care village includes nurses, physical and occupational therapists, audiologists, pharmacists, and many other healthcare professionals who provide care for children each day. I became a pediatrician to help children and their families, something which I am proud to still be doing today for our entire state. I am truly honored to be selected for this award by my peers at the PA AAP.” 

Before joining the Commonwealth, Dr. Bogen was the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department. Prior to that appointment, she was a member of the Pittsburgh region medical and research community for more than two decades. She held a primary academic appointment as Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, and secondary appointments in psychiatry and clinical and translational science. Dr. Bogen also served as the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Pediatrics at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was one of the founders of the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank and served as the organization’s Volunteer Medical Director until assuming her role at the state.   


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