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  • Johnson & Johnson’s Fikry Isaac, MD, Honored with 2013 Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award

    Fikry Isaac, MD, vice president of global health services, Johnson & Johnson, is the 2013 recipient of the Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award, recognizing his career as a proponent of workplace health and wellness for Johnson & Johnson.

    The award, sponsored by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the National Business Group on Health, honors the achievements of individuals who demonstrate excellence and leadership in implementing programs that improve the health and productivity of the workforce.

    Dr. Isaac was recognized for his contributions to the field of health and productivity on a global basis. He has driven programs at Johnson & Johnson that include the development of health and wellness strategies, policies, guidelines, and services worldwide (Occupational Medicine, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Wellness). As a pioneer in the field of workplace health promotion and global health, he has introduced innovative approaches to improve employee health and well-being.

    “As a driving force in the development of worldwide health and wellness strategies, policies, guidelines, and services, Dr. Isaac exemplifies excellence in corporate health and productivity,” said Barry Eisenberg, ACOEM Executive Director. “His leadership as medical director at Johnson & Johnson since 1989 has resulted in the company’s continued championing of a culture of health for its employees.”  

    “As a visionary, thought leader and influential champion of disease and injury prevention and health promotion, he has achieved remarkable success in the world,” said Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “His warm, kind personal style has added to his ability to lead and impress all who know him and have the privilege to work with him.”

    Dr. Isaac is a pioneer in the field of workplace health promotion and global health, and has introduced innovative approaches to improve the health and well-being of populations. He is a published author in this field and continues to research population health interventions, using rigorous scientific methods, to ensure that these interventions deliver meaningful outcomes. His broad view spans the fields of clinical medicine, behavior change technologies, and economic analyses. Dr. Isaac is an outspoken champion of prevention and health promotion and has achieved remarkable success within Johnson & Johnson — gaining senior management support and funding for health improvement initiatives for all Johnson & Johnson employees worldwide.

    In addition to developing and implementing programs that have led to significant risk reduction in the employee population and resulted in proven savings to Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Isaac has taken important leadership positions in the public policy arena among employer groups and government officials. During the discussion of health care reform in the U.S., Dr. Isaac was invited to meet with officials of the Office of Personnel Management and the White House to provide input to a pilot program for health and wellness in the federal workforce. Through his engagement with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Life Science Innovation Forum (LSIF), he was instrumental in the development of an action plan addressing non-communicable disease for member countries.

    Dr. Isaac received his medical degree from Ain Shams University Medical School (Cairo, Egypt). He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1991, and earned a master of public health degree in occupational medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2001. He is a fellow of ACOEM, where he chairs the Corporate Health Achievement Award. Dr. Isaac is a member of the Gold Standard Task Force — CEO Roundtable on Cancer, and is the industry Co-chair of the Life Science and Innovation Forum — APEC. He also serves on several boards including the Partnership for Prevention, the Global Business Group on Health, and the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO).

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    About the Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award
    Nominations for the 2014 Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award are open. For nomination forms or to learn more about the award, visit www.acoem.org/global or call 847-818-1800.

    About ACOEM
    The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) represents nearly 5,000 physicians specializing in occupational and environmental medicine. Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation’s largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research, and education. For more information, visit www.acoem.org.

    About the National Business Group on HealthSM
    The National Business Group on HealthSM (the Business Group) is the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care and health benefits challenges. Business Group members are primarily Fortune 500 companies and large public-sector employers — representing the nation’s most innovative health care purchasers — that provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. The Business Group fosters the development of a safe, high-quality health care delivery system and treatments based on scientific evidence of effectiveness. Business Group members share strategies for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care, increasing productivity and supporting healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.