Infectious Disease Specialist, Physician Assistant Receive National Honors for HIV/AIDS Care

Infectious Disease Specialist, Physician Assistant Receive National Honors for HIV/AIDS Care

May 15, 2005 6:00 PM

Kristen Ries, M.D., clinical director of the Infectious Diseases and HIV Clinic at University Hospitals & Clinics, and C. Maggie Snyder, R.N., P.A., recently received national recognition as outstanding leaders in the field of HIV.

The HIV Leadership Awards, presented by TheBody.com, one of the largest and most-used online health resources for HIV/AIDS, pay tribute to the many providers, prevention workers and AIDS advocates in the United States. Ries and Snyder were recognized in the categories of "Outstanding HIV Clinicians" and "Outstanding HIV Physician Assistants."

Ries, a professor of internal medicine who has been practicing for 30 years, has devoted the last 20 years to providing care and education to HIV patients in Utah. She witnessed the spread of HIV in the early 80s and was among the first doctors to treat patients in the state. Ries and her group now see some 90 percent of HIV-positive patients in Utah and surrounding areas.

Snyder has worked on the HIV front line for 18 years, originally as a registered nurse and, since 1990, with Ries as a physician assistant.

Last year, TheBody.com solicited nominations from its 600,000 monthly visitors for HIV health-care providers who have made a difference in their lives. Professionals were also encouraged to nominate their colleagues. A panel of experts judged candidates from all 50 states and selected truly outstanding individuals who embody the qualities of a leader in the field.

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