Friday, May 20, 2016

Physician Recognition Dinner honors clinical excellence

THE BEST IN PATIENT CARE: From left, Hirschberg, Peccei and Weinstein

Close to 650 physicians and guests gathered for the eighth Physician Recognition Dinner on May 14 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. During the evening, the Brian A. McGovern, MD, Awards for Clinical Excellence were bestowed to physicians who emulate the dedication, compassion and kindness that McGovern – who died in 2003 – is remembered for.

The three 2016 recipients honored include Ronald Hirschberg, MD, physiatrist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; and Alessandra Peccei, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist.

“He is the epitome of an MGH physician and embodies the characteristics that best honor Dr. McGovern,” said Lindsay Carter, MD, pediatric hospitalist, of Weinstein, who received the Others Services Award. “He is a world expert, but is also humble and compassionate. He is a leader who boosts the morale and quality of everyone else he works with. He embraces academic medicine, but never forgets the human side of medicine.”

This year, 135 nominations were submitted for 91 different physicians. Each recipient was announced by a physician colleague who read excerpts from the nomination letters.

George Velmahos, MD, chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, announced Hirschberg as the Medical Services Award recipient. “He is compassionate and kind, making himself accessible to patients and families, patiently explaining his thoughts in clear language. He gives hope while also painting a realistic picture of recovery.”

Lastly, Marcela del Carmen, MD, MGPO medical director, introduced Peccei as the Surgical Services Award recipient. “She is an outstanding clinician – smart, experienced, assured – and also a caring and compelling advocate for her patients, their families and their communities. She is the kind of doctor we all wish we had and the kind of doctor we all wish we were.”

Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, also spoke and noted that within the past year, the MGH has achieved an academic medical center “grand slam” across all four areas of our mission: patient care, research, teaching and community health. Thomas J. Lynch, Jr., MD, MGPO chairman and CEO, the evening’s emcee, emphasized that the achievements of the MGH are made possible by what the physicians do well – putting patients first and supporting each other. 

Read more articles from the 05/20/16 Hotline issue.

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