By Richard Asinof
PROVIDENCE – Three local physicians – Drs. Gary Bubly, Josiah D. Rich and Peter Simon – were named “Public Health Heroes” by the Association of State and Health Territorial Officials.
The three were nominated by the R.I. Department of Health.
“Each of these three doctors brings a high degree of dedication and professionalism to his public health work,” said Dr. Michael Fine, director of the state agency. “They are examples of the great resource that is Rhode Island’s primary care and medical community.”
Bubly directs the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Miriam Hospital and is a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine and medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. He was recognized for his assistance in writing regulatory language regarding emergency dispensing of medications from emergency rooms as well as for his help in developing the state’s legislation on its new Prescription Monitoring Program.
Rich is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and an attending physician at The Miriam Hospital. He was cited for his work in advocating for health policy changes to improve the health of people with addiction, including improving legal access to sterile syringes and increasing drug treatment for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations.
Simon is the medical director of the Division of Community, Family Health, and Equity at the R.I. Department of Health. He was recognized for his as a national leader in the areas of childhood lead poisoning prevention, newborn screening, and environmental health.