President-Elect Dr. Judy Schaechter Receives Injury Prevention, Advocacy Awards

Dr. Judy SchaechterAmerican Board of Pediatrics (ABP) President-Elect Judy Schaechter, MD, MBA, received the Fellow Achievement Award on Oct. 10, 2021, from the Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention (COIVPP) at the National Conference and Exhibition sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Dr. Schaechter, a former member of the COIVPP Executive Committee, was honored for her role in striking down a 2011 Florida law that prohibited physicians from asking families about the presence of guns in homes. She was named as a plaintiff in a case that established a precedent that physician gag laws would not stand. At the time, she was the president of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids and chaired the Pediatrics Department at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

In September, Dr. Schaechter received the prestigious Audrey Lincourt Schiebler, RN, FAAP, and Gerold Schiebler, MD, FAAP, Advocacy Award from the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP). The award is given annually to a physician who has worked beyond the profession, educated local and state legislators, and diligently advocated to improve the health and welfare of Florida’s children. Dr. Schaechter was formerly a member of FCAAP’s Board of Directors.

“Coming from my peers, these awards mean a lot to me,” says Dr. Schaechter. “Preventing childhood injury — as a clear path to better health outcomes — is key to pediatric practice. I am grateful to receive these awards from the AAP during the transition into my role with the ABP.” Dr. Schaechter is currently shadowing current ABP President and CEO David G. Nichols, MD, MBA, to prepare for assuming the position on Jan. 1, 2022.

Later this month, she will present a webinar about preventing firearm-related injuries among children and teens. The webinar, to be held Oct. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, is sponsored by the Trainees for Child Injury Prevention (T4CIP) at Nationwide Children’s as part of the T4CIP Day of Action. To view the webinar, register at https://bit.ly/T4CIPwebinar.