Montefiore Einstein Department of Medicine

Physicians Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, four outstanding physicians were honored for their unique contributions to the medical profession at the Second Annual Department of Medicine Physician Awards Ceremony, held at an afternoon cocktail ceremony in Montefiore's Grand Hall.

Over 100 colleagues, friends, and family members gathered to celebrate the award winners in four categories: Robert Forman, MD (Distinguished Clinician); Joseph DeLuca, MD (Citizenship); Golda Hudes, MD (Humanism); and Priya Nori, MD, (Rising Star).

The Physician Awards were created to provide recognition for some of the many talented and dedicated physicians in the Department of Medicine. The Awards Committee chose the winners from among a group of highly qualified physicians in each category, who were nominated for consideration by their peers. This year’s Physician Awards Committee included: Rosemarie Conigliaro, MD; Elizabeth Kitsis, MD; Liise-anne Pirofski, MD; Andrea Porrovecchio, MD; Amanda Raff, MD; Jeffrey Weiss, MD, and Joel Zonszein.MD.

"This is a significant award and a great opportunity to recognize our colleagues," said Department of Medicine Chairman Yaron Tomer, MD, in his opening remarks. "It shows us the camaraderie and family-like atmosphere that we have here at Montefiore Einstein."

"What really makes the Department of Medicine so special is the people who are in it," said Dr. Elizabeth Kitsis, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs & Professionalism, Department of Medicine. "This moment is really an opportunity to recognize all of the physicians in the department who give of themselves, daily, selflessly, and graciously. Today we want to say thank you and we really appreciate everything you do.”

A special thank you goes to Jack Keller Silvers, 15, for his lovely piano accompaniment and Shani Sanders, Administrative Coordinator, for planning and organizing the Physician Awards nomination process and adding her special touch to the successful event.



Distinguished Clinician Award

Robert Forman, MD
Attending Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)  

Presented by Dr. Martin Cohen
Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

The Distinguished Clinician Award recognizes excellence in clinical care including diagnostic acumen, clinical judgment, knowledge base, and physician-patient relationships.



Joseph DeLuca, MD
Associate Division Head of General Internal Medicine; Director of the Primary Care Section (General Internal Medicine); Medical Director, CHCC; and Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)  

Presented by Chinazo Cunningham, MD
Professor of Medicine, Department of Family and Social Medicine; Associate Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine  

The Citizenship Award recognizes demonstration of the highest standard of departmental and institutional service by those who inspire others to contribute to the collective success of the Department and the Medical Center.



Golda Hudes, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (Allergy & Immunology); Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery  

Presented by David Rosenstreich, MD
Division Chief, Allergy & Immunology; Co- director of the Montefiore Severe Asthma Center; and Professor of Medicine (Allergy & Immunology) and Microbiology & Immunology and Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery  

The Humanism in Medicine Award recognizes exceptional compassion and sensitivity in caring for patients by those who demonstrate outstanding compassion and respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; as well as clinical excellence.


Rising Star

Priya Nori, MD
Medical Director, Antibiotic Stewardship Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)  

Presented by Belinda Ostrowsky, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Director of Epidemiology, Stewardship and Infection Prevention, Department of Medicine

The Rising Star Award recognizes the noteworthy potential to make future significant contributions as a clinician, humanist, and/or institutional citizen.


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