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Excellence in Service and Professionalism

2015 Winners

This award is presented to the physician who actively promotes a culture that embraces, expects and rewards the delivery of patient- and family-centered care.


Stephen Kennedy, M.D.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital: Stephen Kennedy, M.D., hospitalist

A real role model and a future leader, Dr. Kennedy always keeps the patient front and center. His work promoting better care of children includes the development of asthma pathways and early discharge guidelines. He also performs educational outreach to the community.

Melinda Kantsiper, M.D.

Howard County General Hospital: Melinda Kantsiper, M.D., associate director of the Collaborative Inpatient Medicine Service (CIMS) and assistant professor of medicine

Beyond her leadership skills in running CIMS, Dr. Kantsiper is an excellent clinician whose patient satisfaction scores are always in the 99th percentile. Her compassion with patients and families and her collegiality with all those she works with are exemplary.

Leslie Miller, M.D.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: Leslie Miller, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Excelling at clinical work and earning families’ gratitude for her dedication, Dr. Miller has also pursued research into psychotherapeutic techniques for very ill kids who do not fit neatly into the bipolar diagnosis, securing a prestigious Career Development (K) Award from the National Institutes of Health for her work.

Andrew Lee, D.O.

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians: Andrew Lee, D.O., internist

Dr. Lee is an outstanding clinician whose reputation precedes him. Patients will wait months to see him and have been referring friends, family and colleagues, which has allowed the I Street practice to grow beyond expectations.

Barry Solomon, M.D., M.P.H.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital: Barry Solomon, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics and Harriet Lane Clinic director

Dr. Solomon has focused his scholarly work on educational and clinical interventions addressing the needs of urban children and families. As a clinician, he provides the highest-quality care to the underserved while training new generations of physicians to become advocates for vulnerable populations.

Andrei Cernea, M.D.

Sibley Memorial Hospital: Andrei Cernea, M.D., anesthesiologist

Dr. Cernea holds the quality and safety of patient care as his utmost priority. His focus on systems engineering and human factors science and their relationships with care delivery improves patient care throughout Sibley. Widely respected and liked, Dr. Cernea is the physician to have when the cards are down.

Dany Westerband, M.D.

Suburban Hospital: Dany Westerband, M.D., surgeon

Dr. Westerband has a long, distinguished history of excellent service to his patients and colleagues. Promoting a culture of continuous quality improvement, he works to ensure that people, processes and technologies at Suburban are aligned to meet the expectations of patients, staff and leadership.

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