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Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety

2015 Winners

This award is presented to the physician who partners with patients, families, colleagues and staff to optimize patient outcomes and eliminate preventable harm.


Dipti Amin, M.D.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital: Dipti Amin, M.D., hospitalist

With commendable dedication, Dr. Amin has partnered with patient care teams to optimize patient outcomes and prevent harm by developing clinical alerts that guide physicians, nurses and pharmacists with vital information.

James Zalucki, M.D.

Howard County General Hospital: James Zalucki, M.D., colon and rectal surgeon

Dr. Zalucki’s attention to detail is noted and highly spoken of by multiple surgical staff members, and his passion for quality is admired by all.

Geeta Sood, M.D.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: Geeta Sood, M.D., assistant professor of medicine

Demonstrating extraordinary leadership in a new role, Dr. Sood worked with staff members at multiple levels to make the medical center a leader in hand hygiene rates, central line-associated bloodstream infection rates and other infection metrics.

Tina Kumra, M.D.

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians: Tina Kumra, M.D., office medical director for pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians at Wyman Park

Dr. Kumra developed an innovative workflow to help increase the number of adolescent patients receiving regular well-care visits, which are crucial to helping adolescents establish positive health behaviors.

Mark Abbruzzese, M.D.

Sibley Memorial Hospital: Mark Abbruzzese, M.D., infectious disease specialist

Tireless, comprehensive and thorough, Dr. Abbruzzese has managed infectious disease, infection control and pharmacy for two decades at Sibley. The clinician’s clinician, he’s always teaching, always learning and always asking the right questions. 

Matthew Leonard, M.D.

Suburban Hospital: Matthew Leonard, M.D., director of the clinical decision unit in the Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Leonard’s character, intellect and commitment to quality are evidenced in his work to eliminate preventable harm.

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