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Highland Physicians, Nurses Honored with Local Awards

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mary Eileen Callan, RN, MSN, FNP

Four employees and physicians with Highland Hospital and Highland Family Medicine have earned Rochester Business Journal 2013 Health Care Achievement Awards in several categories.

Mary Eileen Callan, RN, MSN, FNP, of Highland Family Medicine (HFM) earned an award in the Nurse category. Callan has provided care primarily focused on underserved populations at HFM for the past 10 years. With more than 30 years of experience in Nursing, her peers call her a “clinical expert.” Callan is the Faculty Director of the Political Advocacy and Leadership Track with the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency training program. She has also worked tirelessly with the Monroe County Lead Coalition to lower lead levels in the community. 

Supriya Mohile, M.D., M.S., Director of the Geriatric Oncology Clinic at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and URMC Associate Professor of Medicine in Oncology, achieved a Senior Care award. The Geriatric Oncology Clinic, located at Highland Hospital, provides comprehensive care to older adults with cancer. She has formed a multidisciplinary team to support these patients and help them successfully complete their cancer therapy. She also is a national leader in geriatric oncology research.

Supriya Mohile, M.D., M.S.

Roger Oskvig, M.D., geriatric hospitalist and Medical Director of the Alternative Level of Care unit at Highland, earned an award in the Physician category. Dr. Oskvig was instrumental in the conception of WXXI’s television series, “Second Opinion,” and became medical advisor for the show. The nationally televised PBS program began in Rochester and is now in its 10th year. Dr. Oskvig also is a highly regarded teacher and has educated hundreds of medical students, residents, nursing students and physician assistants at Highland and the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Tamra West, RNFA, achieved an Innovation award. While fulfilling her role as a da Vinci (robotic) Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) in Highland’s operating room, West invented what is now called the AliMed Trendelenburg Stabilizer. The device comfortably secures patients to the OR table and ensures they stay in a fixed position during pelvic and colorectal surgeries in which the table must be at an incline.  

The annual RBJ Health Care Achievement Awards program recognizes excellence, promotes innovation and honors organizations and individuals who make a significant impact on the quality of health care in the Greater Rochester area, according to

Roger Oskvig, M.D.
Tamra West, RNFA

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