TeachAids Founder Dr. Piya Sorcar Named Recipient of 2022 Association of Academic Physiatrists Public Service Award
TeachAids proudly announces that its founder, Dr. Piya Sorcar, was recognized at today’s Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Conference as the recipient of this year’s AAP Public Service Award. The award recognizes those whose outstanding public service has significantly contributed to the organization or the field. Previous winners include actor and activist Christopher Reeve; US Senators Edward Kennedy and Slade Gorton; and director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Dr. Duane Alexander.
“Dr. Sorcar and TeachAids have repeatedly taken on some of the world’s most difficult public health education challenges, with extraordinary results,” said Doug Owens, Department Chair of Health Policy at the Stanford School of Medicine. “It is wonderful and so well-deserved to see her work recognized with this prestigious award.”
Dr. Sorcar founded the nonprofit social venture TeachAids twelve years ago based on her research at Stanford University, and worked to develop and distribute HIV education in 82 countries. In 2018, TeachAids took on the topic of public health education for concussions, and has produced research-based concussion education to address one of the greatest challenges facing modern sport. In this latter undertaking, its partners have included the Brain Injury Association of America, the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, the National Council of Youth Sports, and twenty-three National Governing Bodies of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. TeachAids has also collaborated with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. In addition to HIV and concussion-related education, in 2020, TeachAids developed a database for COVID-19 education and information.
“The Association of Academic Physiatrists could not have selected a more talented and deserving honoree than Dr. Sorcar. She is totally selfless and 100% devoted to improving the health of others. Her incredible leadership makes everyone around her better, and she is an inspiration to all,” said Dick Gould, Vice Chair, TeachAids and Emeritus, Men’s Tennis Coach, Stanford University.
Dr. Sorcar was recognized by AAP today at their conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Check out a complete list of AAP 2022 honorees here.