The California Immunization Coalition was delighted to recognize Mark Sawyer, MD, this year’s recipient of the Ronald P. Bangasser Immunization Leadership Award at our 2019 Summit. The award is presented to a practicing clinician who exemplifies the leadership, professionalism and commitment that Dr. Bangasser brought to his work promoting immunizations.
Mark is a Past President of CIC, has served on the board of Every Child By Two (now Vaccinate Your Family), and is a longtime leader in the San Diego Immunization Coalition. Throughout his career he has engaged in immunization advocacy and education. His advocacy work—testifying on behalf of important legislation at committee hearings, state and national meetings, and ongoing work with the media—has made a tremendous impact on how policymakers and the public view immunizations and disease prevention. In addition to his body of research and numerous professional and community presentations, his mentoring, training, and encouragement of young physicians sets the stage for a new cohort of passionate and informed medical leaders.