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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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MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts' Best in Medicine
To pursue his career choice, Mr. Carlson attended South Dakota University to attain his B.S. in Electronics, graduating in 1990. Following this, Mr. Carlson went on to gain his CQE (Certified Quality Engineer) and CQA (Certified Quality Auditor) - these provided him with the fundamental skills and knowledge to understand the responsibilities of being an engineer and auditor.
To pursue his career choice, Mr. Carlson attended South Dakota University to attain his B.S. in Electronics, graduating in 1990. Following this, Mr. Carlson went on to gain his CQE (Certified Quality Engineer) and CQA (Certified Quality Auditor) - these provided him with the fundamental skills and knowledge to understand the responsibilities of being an engineer and auditor.
Currently serving as a Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physicist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Salem, Mass., Dr. Brownell serves as an educator to future generations of radiology experts. Dr. Brownell also served as a nuclear medicine physicist at the Massachusetts General Hospital for 35 years.
Throughout a 45-year career, Dr. Palacios has expanded his expertise in valve disease, especially nitro valve, and interventional cardiology. Additionally, he serves as a professor of medicine at the prestigious Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Inder has achieved a number of impressive accolades throughout her illustrious career, including having 200 peer-reviewed articles published. In addition, she is co-publishing a university-level textbook concerning the Neurology of the Newborn Brain. Her previous role as Director of Washington University Intellectual and Developmental and Disabilities Research Center (WUIDDRC) also allowed her to gain further knowledge and refine her skills as the center is integral to supporting children with developmental disabilities.
As an Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Drew diagnoses and treats ailments affecting muscles, bones and joints, treating sports injuries, degenerative diseases, tumors, infections, and birth defects. He regularly performs joint repair and replacement operations. Within his role as a Professor, Dr. Drew works with and mentors medical students.
Dr. Aretz maintains an active professional career as he currently serves as the vice president of Partners Healthcare International, an affiliate pathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. Dr. Aretz has spent over 40 years in the healthcare industry expanding his knowledge in healthcare education, workforce development and business.
Currently the medical director of Ambulatory Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., Dr. Maytal oversees operating functions at the hospital daily. While he has held his current role for over two years, he has spent more than 15 years in the healthcare industry expanding his skills and knowledge in medicine, administration, healthcare management, psychiatry and neurology.
Currently the president and CEO emeritus of Dana — Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass., Dr. Benz oversees all operations within the institute daily. While he has held his current role for an outstanding 17 years, Dr. Benz has spent the last two decades expanding his skills and knowledge in molecular genetics and hematology.
Ruth Dapaah-Afriyie, Pharm.D., B.Pharm., BCACP, CDOE, CVDOE
Currently the senior clinical pharmacist specialist at Lifespan Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Services in Providence, R.I., Dr. Dapaah-Afriyie was instrumental in the development of 14 pharmacist-managed ambulatory services both in primary care and specialty medicine.
Dr. Majaz Moonis, Professor of Neurology and Director of Stroke Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center shares his knowledge and expertise on Neurology, Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine, Cerebrovascular Disease, and Epilepsy. With over three decades of experience in the field of Neurology, Dr. Moonis offers valuable insight in his role as the Professor of Neurology and Director of Stroke Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
Dianne Georgian-Smith, MD, FACR, FSBI
With over three decades of expertise in the field of Breast Imaging and Radiology, Dr. Georgian-Smith offers valuable insight in her role as a Radiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Brigham and Women’s Hospital prides itself in improving the lives of the community while maintaining a legacy of excellence.

Alan Albert, MD

OB-GYN
Self

Leonardo Batista, M.D.,D.D.S.

Clinical Asst. Prof./Director
Rhode Island Hospital

Negar Beheshti, MD

Chief of Clinical Services, Division of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
UMass Memorial Medical Center

Elizabeth A. Catlin, MD

Sr. Neonatologist
Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge

William Corbett, MD

Senior V.P.
UMass Memorial Health Care

Ruth Dapaah-Afriyie, BPharm, PharmD

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Rhode Island Hospital

Danielle Doucet, MD

Assist. Prof.
UMASS Memorial Medical Center

Michael Drew, MD

Surgeon
Brigham & Women’s Hosp.

Kinnari Kher, M.D.

Consulting Physician
Self

Leslie Kerzner, MD

Medical Director
Massachusetts General Hospital

Shikha Merchia, MD

Primary Care Physician
Compass Medical

Susan Noonan, MD

Physician Consultant
Self

Christian Potter-Kablotsky, MD

Partner
Charles River Medical Associates

Nicholas Smyrnios, MD

ICU Medical Director
UMass Mem. Medical Center

Anas Wardeh, MD

MD
BIDMC