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Leader in Medicine

Selection for the American Health Council’s “Leader in Medicine” award is reserved for those individuals who have exhibited exemplary conduct in their field. These doctors and medical educators serve as the guiding light for advancement from the classroom to the consultation room to the operating room. Leading by example, the difference begins with them.

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Maryland's Best in Medicine
At the start of his education, Dr. Baker was a medical student attending Tulane University’s School of Medicine. He graduated with his degree in Orthopedic Surgery with subspecialties in Chemistry and Biosciences. Following his graduation, he accepted an offer of Residency at the University of Nevada. This would lead to him completing his residency and taking on a fellowship with the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.
An endocrinologist at Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, N.Y., Dr. Avitabile treats patients suffering from an array of ailments including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis and other endocrine conditions and disorders in an outpatient setting.
Dr. Kelly De Simone, Owner/CEO at Eye Priority, P.C., will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in Optometry, Eye Care, and Patient Care. With over three decades of experience in the field of Optometry, Dr. De Simone offers valuable insight in her role as the Owner/CEO of Eye Priority, P.C. Established in 1991 in Ahwatukee, Arizona, Eye Priority, P.C. is a family eye care facility offering a personalized vision experience for clients as young as six months to adults.
Best in Medicine
Dr. Bittner performs cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Additionally, he is also involved in a dedicated leadership role where he conducts cardiothoracic research. During his 28-year career, Dr. Bittner gained skills and knowledge in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery, minimally-invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs and replacement, advanced heart failure surgery, heart and lung transplantation and coronary revascularization and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.
Dr. Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr. is recognized for his expertise in Clinical Research, Pain Medicine, Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, Drug Discovery, and Regulatory Affairs. As Senior Partner and Director of Naples Anesthesia & Pain Associates, Inc., Dr. Pergolizzi shares 21 years within the healthcare industry, including 17 in his current role.
Dr. Eric A. Widra, Physician and Medical Director at Shady Grove Fertility, expertise in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology. Amassing two decades of experience in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Akwasi Adjei, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist
Omnicare/CVS Pharmacy

Deborah Badro, CRNP

Nurse Practitioner
Baltimore Washington Medical Center CMG

Brittani Barber, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist

Shalini Chandra MS, MD, FACP, FHM

Assistant Prof. & Director 
Johns Hopkins Univ.

Sandra Charles, M.D.

Chief Medical Office
Library of Congress

Joan Conry, MD

Attending Neurologist
Children’s National Medical Center

Ali Iravani, BPharm

IV Pharmacist
MedStar Health System

Yogesh Paruthi, PharmD

Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
Kaiser Permanente

Joseph Pergolizzi, M.D.


David Procaccini, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner, Pediatric Intensive Care & Cardiology/Heart Transplant
The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Ronald Przygodzki, MD

U.S. Dept. Veterans Affairs

Jahan D. Sampson, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic 
Multi-Specialty Health Care

Samuel Sostre, M.D., D.Min.

Retired – Chief of Nuclear Surgery

Melanie Weaver, PharmD, BS

Cinical Research Pharmacist
Pharmaron CPC