Loma Linda University Medical Center physician recognized by March of Dimes

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Dr. Bryan Oshiro received the most prestigious volunteer service award from the national organization

Dr. Bryan Oshiro (far right) received the 2012 Elaine Whitelaw Service Award at the National Volunteer Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Dr. Oshiro finds time to support projects in California and across the country, even if it means giving up precious, personal time with his family."

Bryan Oshiro, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) has been honored with the 2012 Elaine Whitelaw Service Award by March of Dimes. Dr. Oshiro accepted the award on Oct. 18 at the National Volunteer Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“I am humbled by this honor from March of Dimes,” said Dr. Oshiro. “I feel so privileged to be able to work with an organization that supports the work that I do to save and improve the lives of babies and mothers---not just of those that come through Loma Linda, but those throughout the nation.”

Dr. Oshiro was nominated for the award by the California Chapter of March of Dimes for his dedication to the organization on projects such as the Big 5 State Prematurity Initiative that has galvanized the five largest states (CA, FL, IL, NY, TX), which advocates the elimination of non-medically indicated (elective) deliveries less than 39 weeks gestational age. Dr. Oshiro has played a key role in bringing local signature projects to fruition, such as the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists <39 Week Speakers Bureau, Preterm Labor Assessment Toolkit implementation plan, and professional education.

The California Chapter and March of Dimes feel fortunate to have such a wonderful volunteer as part of their organization. “Dr. Oshiro ‘s extraordinary vision and leadership has established an urgency on issues with national implications. He has engaged influential leaders and has impacted thousands of families,” said March of Dimes’ Leslie Kowalewski.

“Dr. Oshiro finds time to support projects in California and across the country, even if it means giving up precious, personal time with his family. He is not only a wonderful volunteer, but he is a kind and caring individual who is clearly dedicated to the greater good and to improving the health of moms and babies. “

The Elaine Whitelaw Service Award is the most prestigious March of Dimes volunteer award given to two recipients, one individual from the East and one from the West, who exemplify volunteerism at its best. The award was established after an endowment was created in Miss Elaine Whitelaw’s honor to recognize her for her outstanding volunteer leadership. She contributed more than five decades of leadership, energy, vision and service to the March of Dimes and her personal commitment to volunteerism gave momentum to the volunteer movement in this country.

PHOTO CAPTION: March of Dimes honored LLUMC’s Dr. Bryan Oshiro (far right) with the 2012 Elaine Whitelaw Service Award at the National Volunteer Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. From left to right: March of Dimes’ Lori Reeves, Dr. William Sappenfield and March of Dimes’ Leslie Kowalewski.

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