Monmouth Medical Center Chair of Pediatrics and Medical Director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital, Margaret (Meg) C. Fisher, M.D., was recently selected as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion for New Jersey.
The Champion Award, awarded jointly by the CDC Foundation and the CDC, is intended to recognize individuals who are doing an exemplary job or are going above and beyond to promote childhood immunizations in their communities based on several areas, including: leadership, collaboration, innovation and advocacy. Dr. Fisher was nominated and selected from a pool of health care professionals, community advocates and other immunization leaders for making a significant contribution to public health in New Jersey through her work in children's immunization.
Dr. Fisher is a world-renowned pediatric infectious disease consultant. In addition to making history as the first woman to serve as president of Monmouth Medical Center's nearly 1,000-member medical and dental staff, she is former chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section of Infectious Diseases and twice a member of the Committee of Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee) – positions in which she helped to establish national guidelines and standards for health care for children and adolescents.
Dr. Fisher joined Monmouth Medical Center in 2000. In addition to serving as medical director at The Unterberg Children's Hospital, she also serves as professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. and at St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada.
Prior to joining Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Fisher served as hospital epidemiologist and attending in pediatric infectious diseases at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pa., where she also completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. Dr. Fisher earned her medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine and completed her undergraduate education at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.
A recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Fisher has been regularly identified as a "Top Doc" in the area of pediatric infectious disease and is a frequent speaker for continuing medical education locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the national American Academy of Pediatrics' Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council. Dr. Fisher also serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey and Monmouth Family Health Center.
The CDC Foundation and CDC recognize immunization champions across the 50 U.S. states, eight U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia annually during National Infant Immunization Week, which took place from April 18 to 25. For more information about the Champion Award, visit www.cdc.gov.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/monmouth.