David Pigott, MD, RDMS, FACEP, and Kristi L. Koenig, MD, FACEP, FIFEM, were honored by ACEP in May for their outstanding efforts to communicate about the 2014 Ebola scare as well as other national public health crises. The 2015 Spokesperson of the Year Award and the Communications Lifetime Achievement Award were presented during this year’s Legislative Advocacy Conference and Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
“These two remarkable emergency physicians have served as voices for emergency medicine and for ACEP, providing critical information to the public at a time when our country needed it most,” said ACEP President Michael J. Gerardi, MD, FAAP, FACEP. “They continue to educate the public and engage in developing policies to help protect people against outbreaks of infectious disease and in preparing our nation to respond effectively to disasters.”
Dr. Pigott, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Alabama and an infectious disease expert, was named 2015 Spokesperson of the Year. Dr. Pigott became ACEP’s point person for talking to the news media about the recent Ebola crisis this past fall. He handled scores of media calls during the height of the Ebola scare, including with Fox Business News, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Discovery News, and the Associated Press, among others.