Dr. Marjorie Fujara, Dr. David Soglin and Dr. Sameer Vohra

ROSEMONT – A trio of pediatricians who have worked with the Illinois Education Association (IEA) to raise awareness about the impact of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on student learning have been awarded the IEA Friend of Education Award by the education employee organization.

The three, Dr. Marjorie Fujara (John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago), Dr. David Soglin (La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Chicago) and Dr. Sameer Vohra (St. John’s Hospital, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield) were recognized for the honor on Saturday at the annual Representative Assembly of the IEA. Some 1,200 delegates, guests and state dignitaries attended the event at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

“The IEA Friend of Education Award is for the work these medical practitioners have done with the Partnership for Resilience,” said IEA President, Kathi Griffin.

“Drs. Fujara, Soglin and Vohra have traveled all over Illinois to meet with IEA members and their administrative colleagues. They have made it their mission to help educators understand how to mitigate the harmful effects of trauma in their students. This work is crucial to quality teaching and learning. We are indebted to these doctors, who are true friends of education,” Griffin said.


The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.