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Excellence in Service and Professionalism
The Excellence in Service and Professionalism award is presented to the physician who actively promotes a culture that embraces, expects and rewards the delivery of patient- and family-centered care.
Howard County General Hospital: Ajay Gangalam, M.D., internist
Ajay Gangalam is truly dedicated — even calling from home in the middle of the night to check on a patient’s well-being. Numerous letters from patients praise Gangalam for his devotion to their care and consistently highlight his willingness to spend as much time as needed with them to answer questions even after they have left the hospital.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital: Benjamin Oshrine, M.D., hematologist-oncologist
Benjamin Oshrine’s vision and expertise will soon make JHACH one of the leading institutions in the nation for CAR-T therapy. He has spent countless hours ensuring that quality standards, operating procedures, education and training, and regulatory documentation are in place. His efforts will give the children of our state access to this potentially lifesaving treatment.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center: Flora Kisuule, M.D., hospitalist; associate director, Division of Hospital Medicine
The same drive that brought 18-year-old Flora Kisuule here from Uganda — without friends or family and with only $3,000 and a high school education — has served her well in her mission to support Johns Hopkins Bayview as an internationally known medical center. Her dedication has benefited the medical center at the local, national and international level.
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians: Tung Dao, M.D., cardiologist
Tung (Tony) Dao is committed to being the best doctor that he can be. He has an outstanding work ethic — he quietly gets the job done and works harder than everyone around him. Dao strives to provide exceptional service and care to his patients, and immediately puts everyone in the room at ease with his friendly smile.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital: Kristen Nelson, M.D., pediatric intensivist
Caring, confident and compassionate, Kristen Nelson embraces, demonstrates and encourages patient- and family-centered care every day. Dr. Kristen, as she is referred to by her patients, treats each patient as she would want her family treated, and she is only a phone call or text away for her co-workers and her continuity patients.
Sibley Memorial Hospital: Colleen Joseph, M.D., ophthalmologist
Colleen Joseph has demonstrated longstanding service to Sibley Memorial Hospital and the community with numerous years of participating on committees essential to the hospital’s functioning. Her conscientious involvement in all aspects of the medical staff function has significantly contributed to the maintenance of a department that struggled with attrition.
Suburban Hospital: Sudarshan Siva, M.D., hospitalist
Passionate about teaching and giving back to the medical community — particularly students — Sudarshan Siva developed an on-site hospital medicine preceptor program for nurse practitioner students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Through his individual effort, Siva reintroduced the importance of teaching and mentorship to our community-based hospitalist program, making hospitalists better clinicians and more aligned with the Johns Hopkins tripartite mission.
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