AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The “Award of Excellence” is presented by the American Health Council to those doctors and medical educators who exceed expectations in performing their duties. These physicians are recognized for their admirable character, selfless dedication, and outstanding effort. Perpetually raising the bar for all, they help establish a higher standard quality of care.

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve commenced selecting recipients for our awards program!
The latest awardees are highlighted below. Please check back regularly as additional recipients will be added throughout the year.

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ALABAMA

ALASKA

ARIZONA

Maria Khan, MD

Nephrologist
Southwest Kidney Institute

ARKANSAS

CALIFORNIA

Zainab Ajeena, MD

Pediatrician
River City Med. Group

COLORADO

Venugopal Damerla, MD, ABOIM

Staff Physician
United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Kari Hayes, MD

Ped. Radiologist
Univ. of Colorado

CONNECTICUT

Andrea Dixon, MD

Pediatrician
HealthWise Pediatrics

Leon Goldstein, MD

Plastic Surgeon
Coastal Plastic Surg. Center

Daniel O’Neill, MD, MA(Th)

Physician
Day Kimball Medical Group

Marguerite Pinto, MBBS

Assist Prof.
Yale School of Med.

DELAWARE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Rana Siddabattuni, MD

Physician
Unity Health Care, Inc.

FLORIDA

Brandon Allen, MD

Asst. Professor & Med. Director
UF Health

Alina Alonso, MD

Director 
Florida Depart. of Health

Taweh Beysolow, MD

Physician
Internal Medicine & Kidney Assoc.

Jeffrey Block, MD

Professor
Self/Univ. of Miami

George Burke, MD

Professor
Miller School of Medicine

Carmen Calfa, MD

Oncologist
Univ. of Miami

Rohan Chawla, MD

Rheumatologist
Arthritis Associates

Gary Cohen, MD, MBA

Perinatologist
Perinatal Diagnostic Institute IWHB

Richard Davidson, MD, MPH

Prof. Emeritus
Univ. of Florida

Michael DeVarona, ACLS, PALS, ATLS/DO

Attending Physician
Emcare

Tovah Ellman, MD

Physician
Nemours Children’s Hospital

Steven Fein, MD, MPH

Hematologist/Oncologist
Baptist Health South Florida

Keely Fischbach, MD

Hospitalist
Baptist Health

Donald George, MD

Division Chief
NCSC

Annie Gonzalez, MD

Dermatologist
Sunset Dermatology

Lee Greene, M.D.

Internist
Cohen Medical Assoc.

George Guntur Pujalte, MD, FACSM

Assist. Prof.
Mayo Clinic

Barbara Krantz, D.O., FASM,MS

Director
Caron Treatment Programs

Andrew Krinsky, MD, FACOG, CNMS

Physician
Andrew Krinsky MD, LLC

Kevin Kuriakose, MD, FAAP

MD
Children’s Lung, Asthma & Sleep Specialists

Tom Macek, MD

Owner
American Pain Experts

Emilio Mantero-Atienza, MD

MD
Self

Nathan Markwart, DO

Intensivist
Pulmonary & Sleep Assoc. of S. Florida

Ki Park, MD

Assistant Prof.
Univ. of Florida

Lisa Petriccione, DO

Retired
Retired

Steven Robicsek, MD, PhD

Professor
Shands at Univ. of Florida

Elizabeth Ropp, DO

Hospitalist
Santa Rosa Medical Center

Alex Rosemurgy, MD

Director
Florida Hospital Tampa

Tomas Salerno, MD

Professor 
Univ. of Miami

Daisy Saavedra Rodriguez, MD

MD
Bayfront Hospital

Salvatore Scali, MD

Asst. Professor 
Univ. of Florida

Bhoomika Shah, MD

Physician
JAHVA

Charles Slonim, MD

Sitting
Veteran’s Admin.

Yale Smith, MD

Anesthesiologist
Space Coast Anesthesiology

Vinay Srivastava, MD

President
Sanford Med. Group

Thomas Stringer, MD

Assoc. Chair
Univ. of Florida Depart. of Urology

Paul Velturini, MD

Radiologist
Self

Daniel Vetrosky, PA-C, PhD, DFAAPA

Physician Assistant
Cordova Urology

Amy Weiss, MD, MPH

Associate Prof.
USF Health

Steven Wexner, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS, FRCS (ed)

Director
Cleveland Clinic Florida

GEORGIA

HAWAII

IDAHO

Sharon Oster, MD

Physician
Oster Med. Group

ILLINOIS

Vidya Sriram, MD

CAP Laboratory Inspector
Emeritus

INDIANA

IOWA

KANSAS

Justin Green MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, MD, PhD, MBA

Assoc. Prof., Chief
Univ. of Kansas

Joyce Moore, MD

Diagnostic Radiologist
The Radiology Group

KENTUCKY

LOUISIANA

MAINE

MARYLAND

Shalini Chandra MS, MD, FACP, FHM

Assistant Prof. & Director 
Johns Hopkins Univ.

MASSACHUSETTS

Alan Albert, MD

Ob-Gyn
Self

William Corbett, MD

Senior V.P.
UMass Memorial Health Care

Kinnari Kher, M.D.

Consulting Physician
Self

Susan Noonan, MD

Physician Consultant
Self

Nicholas Smyrnios, MD

ICU Medical Director
UMass Mem. Medical Center

MICHIGAN

Medhat Fanous, MD, FACS

General Surgeon
ASPIRUS Health System

Omran Kaskar, D.O.

Vascular Neurologist
Spectrum Health

Kevin Kilgore MD, FACEP

Staff Physician
Meridian Behavioral Health

Joshua Meyerson, MD, MPH

Medical Director
Health Dept. of N.W. Michigan

Katherine Parish, D.O.

Physician
Prism Med. Group

Niru Prasad, MD

MD
Henry Ford Health System

MINNESOTA

Frank Bures, M.D.

Dermatologist
Mayo Clinic Health Systems

Gary Croghan, PhD, MD

Oncologist
Mayo Clinic

Thomas Flynn, M.D.

Contract Physician
Minnesota Oncology

Charles Kim MD, FACC, ABVM, RPVI

Director 
Univ. of Minnesota

Lawrence Schut, MD

Clinical Prof.
Univ. of Minnesota Physicians

Deborah Smith-Wright, MD

Director
Shriner’s Hosp. of Twin Cities

Shana Sniffen, MD

Physician & Dir.
HealthEast – Roselawn Clinic

Christopher Swanson, MD

Internal Medicine & Geriatrics
Infinity Medical Group

MISSISSIPPI

MISSOURI

Atif Ahmed, MD

Director
Children’s Mercy Hospital

Milan Anadkat, MD

Assoc. Prof.
Washington Univ. School of Med.

Alison Baker, MD, FACOG

Physician
MBSH/BJCMG

Elizabeth Brunt, MD

Emeritus Prof.
Washington Univ.

Lynne Seacord, MD, FACC

Assoc. Prof.
Washington Univ. School of Med.

MONTANA

NEBRASKA

NEVADA

Alton Walters, M.D., M.S., B.S., B.A.

M.D.,Clinic Physician
Self Employed

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW JERSEY

Richard Berardi, DO, DABIM, FACIO, CCHP

Medical Director
Corizon Health

Justin Capote, MD

Psychiatrist
Innovatel

Stephanie Cummings-Becker, MD

OBGYN
Summit Med. Group

Christina Duzyj Buniak, MD, MPH

Assistant Prof.
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Meenal Gupte, MD

Pediatrician
Med4Kids

Yaser Hussein, MD, FCAP

Pathologist
Morristown Pathology Assoc.

Hanh Keyburn, DO

Hospitalist
St. Barnabas Med. Center

Walter Lewis, MD

Anesthesiologist
Anesthesia Assoc. of Morristown

Francis Lopes, MD

Physician
Cooper Hospital

Carolina Medrano Mendez, MD

Physician
Alpine Medical Group

Ismet Mirza, MD

Attending Physician
Geriatrics Assoc. of N.J. LLC

John Morgan, MD

Diagnostic Radiologist
Holy Name Medical Center

William Natusch, DC

Chiropractor
Self-Employed

Adebola Nnewihe, MD

Physician
Regional Nephrology Associates

Jesse Richman, MD

Physician
Kremer Eye Center

Nader Tadros, DO,DABFM,FAAFP

President
AMIC,LLC

Harshada Thaker, MD

Radiologist
Private practice

Christopher Zarro, MD

Spine Surgeon
Spinecare & Rehab.

NEW MEXICO

NEW YORK

Boris Abayev, MD

MD
Pain Management & Rehab. Services PC

Lauren Bruckner, MD,PhD

Physician
Univ. of Rochester Medical Center

Frederick Buechel, MD

Surgeon
Prestige Orthopedics & Sports Med.

Scott Cameron, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA

Assist. Prof.
Univ. of Rochester

Alan Carver, MD

Attending Neurologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Frank Catanzaro, MD

Physician
Anesthesia Assoc.of Rochester

Jonathan Dunn, MD, FACP, FACE

Attending Physician
JFKMA

Samantha Feder, MD and FACOG

Director
Mount Sinai West Hospital

Ned Okarter, MD, MPH

Physician- Internist
ACP

Nikalesh Reddy, MD, FACS, FICS

Clinical Assist. Prof.
Univ. of Vermont

Barry F. Scholnick, O.D., DPL-A.B.O.

Optometrist
Private Practice

Debra Stein, BS, MD

Pediatrician
Lake Grove Ped.

NORTH CAROLINA

James Ball, MD

Assoc. Professor
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Lisa Berger, Diploma

Telephonic Care Manager
AMC Health

Mike Duran, MS

Physician Assistant
Bethany Medical Center

Dilraj Grewal, MD

Assoc. Prof.
Duke Univ.

Emily Nabors, MD, FAAFP

Physician
Iredell Family Medicine

NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO

Nazha Abughali, MD

Chair, Dir.
MetroHealth Med. Center

Alexander Bondoc, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Lachman V. Chablani, MD

Director
Romius Institute of N.W. Ohio

Prabhleen Chahal, MD

Advance Endoscopy Staff
Cleveland Clinic

Clifford Chin, MD

Co-Director
Cincinnati Children’s Hosp. Medical Center

Petr Cigner, MBBS

Chief Resident
UH Case Medical Center Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Robert Frenck, MD

Prof.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Andrew Gerken, MD

M.D.
TeamHealth

Thomas Gildea, MD MS

Head of Bronchoscopy
Cleveland Clinic

Aneta Homer, MD

Physician
Prima Healthcare

Ajit Krishnaney, MD

Vice Chairman
Cleveland Clinic

Peter Lenz, MD, MEd, FCCP

Associate Prof. & Dir.
Univ. of Cincinnati

Marvin Natowicz, MD, PhD

Staff Physician 
Cleveland Clinic

Jonathan Oliver, MD

Psychiatrist 
Cleveland Clinic

Richard O’Desky BSE, DO, MS

Director
NOMA

Nimitt Patel MD, FACS

Assistant Prof.
MetroHealth Med. Center

Deepak Raheja MD, MD

MD
D.Raheja MD Inc

Nadeem Rahman, MD

Vice Chief  & Medical Director
Cleveland Clinic

David Scoggin, MD, ABFM, FAAFP

Owner
Arbor View Family Medicine, Inc.

Shannon Standridge, DO, MPH

Associate Prof. of Pediatrics & Neurology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Doug Sherlock, MD

Physician
Univ. Hospitals

Robert Taylor, MD

Associate Prof.
Ohio State Univ.

Biju Thomas, MD, MRCPCH, MS, MBA

Director 
MetroHealth Med. Center

Jessica Vensel Rundo, MD

Director
Cleveland Clinic

Martin Wiseman, MD

Cardiologist
CCF

Sherif Zaky, MD

Dir., Physician
Fireland’s Regional Med. Center

OKLAHOMA

OREGON

Susan Bratton, MD

Professor
Univ. of Utah

Thomas J. Prendergast, MD

Professor of Medicine
OHSU

PENNSYLVANIA

Anthony Acquavella, MD, MPH

Interim Program Dir.
Univ. of the Sciences

James Callahan, MD

Professor
Univ. of PA & Children’s Hosp. of Philadelphia

Robin Licker, MD

Physician
Temple Physicians

Thomas Newmark, MD

Private Psychiatrist
Private

Boosara Ratanawongsa, MD

Ped. Neurologist
Self- Employed

RHODE ISLAND

Stephanie Lueckel, MD

Assistant Prof., Chief
Univ. Surgical Associates

Achina Stein, DO/ABIHM/DFAPA/IFMCP

Psychiatry/Functional Medicine/Owner
Functional Mind, LLC.

Vijay Sudheendra, MD

President
Narraganssett Bay Anesthesia

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

James Cullington, MD

Plastic Surgeon
SIRPS

Paromita Datta, MD

Physician
ALMVAH

Huma Kausar, MD

Staff Physician
St. Luke’s Health System

Amy Mynderse, MD

Director
Medical Clinic of Houston

Norman Ramirez, M.D., FACC

Cardiologist
Doctor’s Hosp. at Renaissance

Barbara Reeves, MD

MD
Hospice of El Paso

Linda Siy, MD

Physician
Acclaim Physician Group

Ronald Tanaka, MD

Physician
Emer. Medicine Consultants

Neil Zucker, DO

Anesthesiologist
U.S. Anesthesia Partners

UTAH

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

Mandana Hashefi, MD

Faculty Physician
George Washington Univ.-MFA

Geeta Jain, MD

Pediatrician
Providence Hospital

Gelareh Naenifard, DC

Owner 
Pain and Rehab Center

Teresa Roberts, MD

Assistant Prof.
Children’s National Med. Center

WASHINGTON

Derek Douglas, MD

Resident
Madigan Army Med. Center

Harjeet Sekhon, MD

Physician
Multicare

WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

WYOMING

Tracy Coe, MD,FACP

Physician
Hays Medical Center