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Physician of the Year

The Physician of the Year award is given to the physician who consistently achieves high standards in the practice of medicine and is looked upon as a role model by his or her peers.

Howard County General Hospital

Eric Schwartz, M.D.

Eric Schwartz, cardiologist

Eric Schwartz’s commitment to patient care and dedication to running the electrophysiology lab at Howard County General Hospital are second to none. He significantly facilitated cardiac procedures at the hospital, enabling numerous patients to get a pacemaker without needing to transfer to an outside hospital.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Victor McKay, M.D.

Victor McKay, neonatologist
Medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Regional medical director for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Neonatology System

As a member of the neonatology division for nearly two decades, Victor McKay contributed to steadying the division during transition and readily accepted the role of regional medical director. He assisted the Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute in reducing clinical practice variation through the Clinical Practice Guideline Initiative.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Michael Fingerhood, M.D.

Michael Fingerhood, internist and addictions medicine specialist

Michael Fingerhood developed numerous programs to improve outcomes related to substance abuse. Working with the emergency department, he meets patients at an acute point of care and transitions them to outpatient services. Fingerhood forged a partnership with Baltimore City Health Department to reduce and treat sexually transmitted disease, and he has a new collaboration with Baltimore City for individuals who are being released from the detention center.

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Denisse Mueller, M.D.

Denisse Mueller, pediatrician
Office medical director of pediatrics, East Baltimore Medical Center

Denisse Mueller leads a group of clinicians and staff members who provide outstanding care to our most vulnerable pediatric patients. She guided a scheduling initiative of open access at East Baltimore Medical Center, which not only improved access but also reduced no-show rates by 10 percent! Despite many challenges, her clinicians have some of the highest quality metric and patient engagement scores within JHCP.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Derek Fine, M.D.

Derek Fine, nephrologist

Recognized by faculty in many departments for his expertise in nephrology, Derek Fine was instrumental in overhauling the nephrology consultation service, merging fellows and faculty from The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with the goal of ensuring 24/7 access to nephrology expertise, which is vital in managing critically ill hospitalized patients.

Sibley Memorial Hospital

Andrei Cernea, M.D.

Andrei Cernea, anesthesiologist

Andrei Cernea leads a number of services, including the outpatient ECT program. Overseeing his department’s role has been essential to the maintenance of the busy ECT service.


Suburban Hospital

Pamela Wright, M.D.

Pamela Wright, breast surgeon
Medical director of the Suburban Hospital Breast Center

Pamela Wright exemplifies the three pillars of the Johns Hopkins mission: education, research and patient care. She teaches the Johns Hopkins breast fellows, participates in research as the principal investigator for the NCI Alliance Trial and performs community outreach by speaking at numerous events in the area.

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