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Philadelphia Inquirer Honors Three from Penn Nursing

Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Professor of Perinatal Nursing & the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition; Marion Leary, RN, MSN, MPH, FAHA, Director of Innovation; and Tarik S. Khan, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CRNP, Predoctoral Fellow, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, have been named 2019 Influencers of Healthcare by the Philadelphia Inquirer. This awards program honors Philadelphia’s leading healthcare professionals.

The winners were evaluated by an expert panel of judges to determine how each nominee shaped, changed, and influence their respective fields. There are different categories. Spatz, Leary, and Khan are three of among 27 winners who will be honored at an awards ceremony, as well as profiled in a special section on the Sunday Inquirer.

Spatz: Nurse of the Year

Spatz is a 2019 Influencer of Healthcare winner for the category of Nurse of the Year. She is an active researcher, clinician, and educator who is internationally recognized for her work surrounding the use of human milk and breastfeeding particularly in vulnerable populations. Spatz, who is a nurse researcher and founder of the lactation program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the clinical coordinator of the CHOP Mothers’ Milk Bank, has been PI or co-investigator on over 40 research grants, included several from the NIH. She has authored and co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications and written numerous book chapters related to human milk and breastfeeding. Spatz has authored or co-authored position statements for the International Lactation Consultant Association, AWHONN, the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. She is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the Research Excellence Award from the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. In 2004, Spatz develop her 10-step model for human milk and breastfeeding in vulnerable infants. This model has been implemented in NICUs throughout the United States and other countries worldwide (Thailand, India, China, Mexico, and Japan). She has been named a prestigious “Edge Runner” for the American Academy of Nursing related to the development and outcomes of her model.

Leary: Excellence in Innovation

Leary is a 2019 Influencer of Healthcare winner in the category of Excellence in Innovation. She has established herself as a nursing leader in the fields of resuscitation science and nursing innovation. Ms. Leary’s resuscitation science research focuses on cardiac arrest and CPR quality with the goal of developing innovative strategies to improve bystander response and CPR training. Ms. Leary has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and co-authored scientific statements and guidelines on the topic of resuscitation. As the Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing she works to amplify and educate nurses as leaders in health and healthcare innovation. Ms. Leary is a member of the American Nurses Association’s Innovation Advisory Committee, a Founding member of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL), a member of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Innovation Subcommittee, and an international Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA).  In 2017, she was named Geek of the Year by Geekadelphia, Generocity and Phl, for her outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community in the areas of innovation, technology, and activism.

Khan: Excellence in Volunteerism

Khan is a 2019 Influencer of Healthcare winner in the category of Excellence in Volunteerism. He is a PhD student under the mentorship of Dr. Mary Naylor at The NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, and his current research is on improving health care outcomes for family caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer’s. Tarik is a nurse practitioner at The Family Practice and Counseling Network in Philadelphia, PA, and frequently advocates to increase his patients’ access to affordable and equitable healthcare. He is also the co-founder and chairperson of Enabling Minds, a non-profit which works to educate children with developmental disabilities in Haiti, and serves as Vice-President of The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association where he is fighting to both unify and amplify nurses’ voices across the state and collaborating to bring full practice authority for APRNs in PA. Tarik is also an opinion contributor to Philadelphia Weekly, where he writes about social justice issues.

The Ceremony

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 15, 11 AM– 2 PM at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. The event agenda includes a network reception and a panel discussing how millennials will influence the future of the healthcare field, followed by a formal lunch.