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May 1, 2014 

HHC Recognizes Outstanding Physicians at Public Hospitals

Twenty-three Receive “Doctors’ Day” Awards

New York, NY –  The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today honored 23 physicians with Doctors’ Day awards for their leadership and commitment to advancing the mission of the public hospital system and providing the highest quality healthcare to New Yorkers.

“Today’s physician must be an innovative leader who knows how to connect the dots on behalf of patients and use proven new models of collaborative care delivery,” said HHC President Dr. Ram Raju. “At every point across the continuum of care, this year’s Doctors’ Day honorees – and all the HHC physicians they represent – are at the forefront of collaborative care delivery. We are proud of their leadership, their innovation, and their consistent provision of efficient, high-quality health services.”

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The awards were presented at the annual HHC National Doctors’ Day Ceremony, held at Baruch College in Manhattan. The award-winning physicians represent every borough and New York City residents’ diverse ethnicity, and vary in age, education, specialties and years of service. Together they bring several hundred years of medical experience to bear on the expert care they provide to New Yorkers.

The 2014 HHC Doctors’ Day honorees are:
Doctors’ Day Awards – Brooklyn 

  • Jose Concepcion, MD, Pediatrics, East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center
  • Damian B. Kim, MD, FAPA, FAAPDP, Director of Outpatient Division, Department of Psychiatry, Coney Island Hospital
  • Peter R. (Rusty) Peacock. Jr., MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Kings County Hospital Center
  • Stephanie Roze, MD, Pediatrics, Sumner Child Health Practice, Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center
  • Alan Sacerdote, MD, Chief of Endocrinology, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center
  • Inna Sosina, MD, Internal Medicine, Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Doctors’ Day Awards – Bronx

  • Tewodros Kiros, OD, Chief of Eye Clinic, Morrisania Diagnostic & Treatment Center
  • Paul Moh, MD, MBA, Chief of Radiology, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
  • John Morrow, DDS, Dentist, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic & Treatment Center
  • Haseen Sharma-Cooper, MD, Associate Director of Psychiatry, Director of Psychiatric Hospital Services, North Central Bronx Hospital
  • Robert Sidlow, MD, MBA, Vice Chair of Medicine, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, North Bronx Healthcare Network

Doctors’ Day Awards – Manhattan

  • Ravindra Amin, MD, Chief of Psychiatry, Coler Nursing Facility/The Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility
  • Mark Baesher, MD, Pediatrics, Center for Community Health and Wellness, Gouverneur Health
  • Roseanne Cousins, MD, Associate Director of Medicine, Chief Hospitalist, Harlem Hospital Center
  • Laura Evans, MD, Medical Director, Critical Care, Bellevue Hospital Center
  • Alexander Kolessa, MD, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, The Residence at Gouverneur Court, Gouverneur Health
  • Beata Popis-Matejak, MD, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Metropolitan Hospital Center
  • Carlton Trotman, DDS, Dentist, Renaissance Health Care Network Diagnostic & Treatment Center

Doctors’ Day Awards – Queens

  • Martin Maurer, MD, Director of Psychiatry, Queens Hospital Center
  • Concepcion Songco, MD, Associate Medical Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Elmhurst Hospital Center

Doctors’ Day Award – Staten Island

  • John Imperio, MD, President of the Medical Board, Chair of the Wound Care Committee, Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home

Doctors’ Day Award – HHC Health & Home Care

  • Kathie T. Rones, MD, MPH, FACP, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, MetroPlus Health Plan

Doctors’ Day Award – MetroPlus Health Plan

  • Oladipo A. Alao, MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director and Director, HIV Services, MetroPlus Health Plan, Division of Infectious Diseases, Harlem Hospital Center
National Doctors' Day, officially observed on March 30, dates back to 1933 and marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. In 1991, National Doctors' Day was established by Congress to show appreciation for the contributions of physicians to increase scientific knowledge of treating disease, and for the work they do to apply modern and patient-centered methods to improve healthcare and patient well-being.


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