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Ohio's 2019 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion: Dr. Sara Guerrero-Duby

(June, 2019) 

In 2018, Dr. Sara Guerrero-Duby assumed the role as interim Chief for Dayton Children’s Pediatrics in Dayton, Ohio. In this role, she greatly expanded services for the practice’s underserved population. Her office provides healthcare to over 6,200 patients while completing over 10,000 visits per year.

As an attending physician and instructor for the pediatric residency program at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dr. Guerrero-Duby educates pediatric and family practice residents about vaccines. Her engaging, expert knowledge of immunizations provides many “teaching moments” for various physicians, nurses, and families in the community. In both morning and afternoon huddles with nurses and residents, Dr. Guerrero-Duby reviews each patient’s vaccine schedules and identifies any missed vaccination opportunities. Dr. Guerrero-Duby and other practicing physicians then make multiple attempts to educate families on both the risks and benefits of vaccinating and not vaccinating. Often, these conversations help parents feel comfortable choosing to vaccinate.

Patient care is Dr.Guerrero-Duby’s top priority. In addition to her day-to-day busy schedule, Dr.Guerrero-Duby finds time to volunteer at a Reach Out Clinic and has recently become president of the Western Ohio Pediatric Society. She has spent time volunteering in migrant clinics and in medical ministries in Honduras, Kenya, Cuba, Vietnam, and Guatemala. She was also the founder and pediatrician of two free pediatric clinics in Dayton, Ohio from 1991-2000.

Dr. Sara Guerrero-Duby’s dedication to serving her communities’ most vulnerable children makes her Ohio’s 2019 Childhood Immunization Champion.