Robert S. Davis, M.D., professor of Urology, earned the 2010 Residents Committee Teaching Award, sponsored by the American Urological Association. Davis, chosen for his demonstrated commitment to education through active participation as faculty member in an accredited urology residency program, has consistently demonstrated his dedication and effectiveness in teaching residents through value-based and highly principled behaviors and serving as a role model.

Paul R. Katz, M.D., professor of Medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Aging, was elected president of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA). The premier organization representing long-term care professionals, AMDA is dedicated to excellence in patient care, provides education, advocacy, information, and professional development to promote the delivery of quality long-term care medicine. The organization promotes clinical practice guidelines and a certification process for physicians who serve as nursing home medical directors to assure high standards of care.

John R. T. Monson, M.D., F.A.C.S., chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery and the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI). The highest honor the Association bestows, honorary fellowships have been awarded to less than 50 surgeons worldwide since ASGBI was established in 1920. Monson becomes the tenth surgeon in the U.S. to hold this award that is also held by the president of the American College of Surgeons.  The Association of Surgeons, the umbrella organization covering general surgery and all the specialties throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, is affiliated with the Royal Colleges and is the largest surgical professional society in the British Isles.

Patricia Sime, M.D., associate chairman of Medicine for Research, has been elected to a two-year term as chair of the Planning Committee for the American Thoracic Society, which is dedicated to advancing the clinical and scientific understanding of pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders. 

James R. Woods Jr., M.D., Henry A. Thiede Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Award for Outstanding District Service for ACOG District II. Woods was cited for his “tireless efforts in the area of obstetric patient safety” that are an asset to his colleagues and a benefit women in New York state and across the country.

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center is one of only eight cancer centers in the country to receive a New Program Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, a consortium of organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for people with cancer through prevention, research, education programs, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The Wilmot Cancer Committee is led by Kristin Skinner, M.D., chief of surgical oncology.

Two intensive care units at Strong Memorial Hospital were honored with a prestigious award that recognizes the nation’s top ICUs. For the fourth consecutive year, Strong’s cardiac-vascular intensive care unit (CVICU/7-1600) accepted the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, and for the first time, the Hospital’s surgical intensive care unit (SICU/8-3600) also was honored. Sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence is given to ICUs that consistently exhibit high quality standards, exceptional care of patients and families, and healthy work environments.

Highland Hospital received the American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM–Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Silver Performance Achievement Award in recognition of the hospital’s commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

Highland Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Center has been re-accredited as a Level 1A facility by the American College of Surgeons. The designation means Highland’s program voluntarily met essential criteria that ensure it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS Accreditation Program. Highland has Rochester’s only bariatric center accredited by the American College of Surgeons and is the leading provider of bariatric surgery in the region.

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