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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' Best in Medicine
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.
Dr. Acra has spent the last decade of his nearly 30-year career as President and founder of Acra Medical Aesthetics in Florida, a state-of-the-art medical spa that offers advanced and effective anti-aging procedures for men and women of all skin types.
Dr. Laura Rainer, Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in General Endocrinology. Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Rainer utilizes her eleven years of expertise in her role as a Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group.
Dr. Miguel Medina III, Director of Microsurgery MCI: Plastic Surgery, Microsurgery, and Craniofacial Surgery at Baptist Health South Florida. With 13 years in the healthcare industry, Dr. Medina shares his ample expertise in Medicine and Aesthetic/Cosmetic Plastic Surgery (Pediatric Craniofacial, Reconstructive Microsurgery, Facial Plastic).
Julio C. Soto, MD, has years of medical expertise and commitment to increased patient autonomy over their medical decisions. Over eleven years in the healthcare industry, Dr. Soto developed his specific expertise in Mental Health, Men’s Health, and Primary Care Medicine, often performing in-office Medical Procedures.
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.
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


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

Brigham & Women’s Hosp.

Kinnari Kher, M.D.

Consulting Physician

Leslie Kerzner, MD

Medical Director
Massachusetts General Hospital

Shikha Merchia, MD

Primary Care Physician
Compass Medical

Susan Noonan, MD

Physician Consultant

Christian Potter-Kablotsky, MD

Charles River Medical Associates

Nicholas Smyrnios, MD

ICU Medical Director
UMass Mem. Medical Center

Anas Wardeh, MD