Raj Naik, MD, FAAP has been named as Wisconsin’s HPV Vaccine Cancer Prevention Champion for 2018.

As a pediatrician at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI since 1999, Dr. Raj Naik has been an immunization champion for over 15 years. A current contributor on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (WIAAP), Dr. Naik has specialized his interests in pediatrics to influence quality improvement of HPV vaccine rates.

Dr. Naik integrated the CASE method (Corroborate, About Me, Science, Explain), to offer real-time support to providers addressing issues related to HPV vaccine hesitancy. The CASE method is an effective model used to persuade vaccine hesitant parents to accept vaccines. Dr. Naik developed electronic medical record (EMR) prompts for providers to address common HPV myths with patients based on the CASE approach to address common concerns. He has also worked diligently to develop a centralized process for electronic alerts and reminders to improve pediatric immunization rates.

Dr. Naik makes sure his entire staff is educated about HPV vaccination using the CASE approach. He has presented on this approach for improving HPV immunization rates at several symposiums, including the 2017 Wisconsin HPV Summit, the 2017 Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum, and at Epic’s annual conference of healthcare providers in 2017.

Dr. Naik’s innovative approaches to educate parents and patients about HPV vaccination has resulted in a series completion rate of 92% for adolescent patients in his practice, making him the 2018 HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion for Wisconsin!

WIAAP extends our congratulations and gratitude for Raj’s valuable contributions to child health in Wisconsin.

For a full list of winners, visit the CDC’s HPV website.