Helping Others Is in My Blood
By Ginamarie Foglia, DO, MPH, FACP
Senior Director, Medical Intelligence & Patient Perspective
Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Corps, United States Army
My link with the Uniformed Services started with my father, Robert L. Foglia, who served in the Korean War. Patriotism, honoring our active duty soldiers and veterans, and respecting our American flag were values reinforced at home and remain with me today.
During an American Medical Association ceremony in 1997, where my leadership in Public Health was recognized, Army Surgeon General Ronald Blanck encouraged me to apply for an Army scholarship to assist paying off my student loans while supporting our troops. My service in the Army Medical Corp provided me with amazing opportunities in Washington, D.C., Thailand, and Kenya, where my first experience with Sanofi was realized. Sanofi partnered with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research on an investigational HIV vaccine.
After pursuing clinical medicine as Director of Infectious Diseases & Infection Control at a Pennsylvania medical center, I was asked to join the Sanofi Pasteur team to develop various vaccines. Later, a Sanofi colleague in Bridgewater, NJ, invited me to work with the Medical Intelligence & Patient Perspective team, where my army work-related skills, medical acumen and career development were nurtured and expanded. Sanofi has supported me both personally and professionally to achieve excellence in all pursuits.
This August will mark 12 years with Sanofi, and I’d be happy to stay until I retire. Our core values of Teamwork, Courage, Respect and Integrity echo many of the Uniformed Services values, so it’s a perfect fit for me. Sanofi has a significant military presence among its employees and our VETS Employee Resource Group fosters comradery and career development for veterans and civilians alike. Last year, given my background as a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Rocky Vista University College of Medicine, I was asked to lead the Military Track, a program composed of medical students that received scholarships to attend medical school through the Uniformed Services. Sanofi supported me in this and it was yet another highlight of my career. With Sanofi, I can be proud of what we are doing together: improving the health of people around the world.
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