Jeff Harp, M.D., Honored with Highland's Distinguished Physician Award for 2010
March 08, 2011
Dr. Jeff Harp, 2010 Distinguished Physician
Jeff Harp, M.D., has received Highland Hospital’s Distinguished Physician Award for 2010. Dr. Harp, Residency Director and Adult Medicine Inpatient Coordinator for the University of Rochester Medical Center, has been with the hospital for nearly 30 years. In nominating Harp for this award, colleagues described him as a role model and "the gold standard" in delivering high quality care.
"It is wonderful to be honored, especially by your peers," Dr. Harp said.
Throughout his career at Highland, Dr. Harp, 53, has served in many roles in Family Medicine, including medical director, associate residency director, residency director and associate professor. Dr. Harp is highly respected for his neonatal and obstetric skills as well as his keen observation in treating patients. Several colleagues recognized Dr. Harp for his ability to educate and communicate with patients and residents.
"Dr. Harp is one of the most dedicated physicians I have ever met," said Highland Chief of Medicine Robert McCann, M.D., F.A.C.P. "He goes beyond the call of duty for his patients. As we promote patient- and family-centered care at Highland, Dr. Harp is the gold standard."
"His outstanding interpersonal skills make him a collaborative and expert contributor to patient, patient’s family and staff interactions," said Suzanne Lee, M.D., associate professor of Clinical Family Medicine. "He is a hidden Highland treasure."
Dr. Harp has taken his abilities beyond Highland’s doors and U.S. borders. Since 1992 he has taken about 15 mission trips to Haiti to provide health care to those in need. After the earthquake in 2010, the trips became more frequent, and most recently, Dr. Harp visited with a group of doctors in an effort to stop the spread of cholera in the island nation.
"Every time I go, it helps me make sense of what’s going on in my life and others’ lives," Dr. Harp said. "Because of my work in Haiti, I feel I am better able to help and understand patients."
Dr. Harp is the fourth recipient of this award. To be eligible, recipients must have been a member of Highland’s medical staff for at least one year. A selection committee of physicians, nurses and hospital administrators choose an honoree from the Highland Medical Staff.
Dr. Harp is married with four children, ages 16 to 24, and currently lives in Brighton. When he has spare time, he enjoys singing music from the Renaissance and medieval periods with two local vocal groups.