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May 20, 2015 

HHC Honors Superior Physicians During Annual “Doctors’ Day” Celebration

Three Queens Physicians Receive “Doctors’ Day” Awards

(Queens, NY – May 20, 2015) The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today celebrated three Queens physicians during a ceremony marking Doctors’ Day 2015. A total of 24 Physicians from HHC’s hospitals, community clinics, home health services, and MetroPlus Health Plan were recognized for their leadership and commitment to advancing the mission of the public hospital system and providing the highest quality healthcare to New Yorkers. The physicians honored today also represent HHC’s diverse workforce and ability to provide culturally competent care with the knowledge and sensitivity needed to serve our patients.

“In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, patients have more options when choosing their healthcare providers. Patients want to be heard and their expectations are high,” said HHC President Dr. Ram Raju. “The physicians honored today are just a few of the outstanding doctors throughout our organization that provide high-quality, patient-centered health services every day to heal and empower their patients to live their healthiest lives possible. I am proud of their leadership, compassion, and motivation to provide our patients with the best experience possible.”

The awards were presented at HHC’s annual National Doctors’ Day Ceremony, held at Baruch College in Manhattan. The award-winning physicians represent New York City residents’ diverse ethnicity, and vary in age, education, specialties and years of service.

The 2015 Queens honorees are:

HHC Doctors’ Day Awards – Queens

  • Joseph Halbach, MD, MPH, Deputy Medical Director of Quality, Elmhurst Hospital Center
  • Uche Megwalu, MD, MPH, Director of Otolaryngology, Queens Hospital Center

HHC Doctors’ Day Award – MetroPlus Health Plan

  • Barry Brown, MD, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Elmhurst Hospital Center


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