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Dr. Ranasinghe Receives AMA Foundation's Leadership Award

photoThe Division's Padmini Ranasinghe, MD, MPH, has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s 2007 Leadership Award. This award provides medical students, residents/fellows, young physicians and international medical graduate physicians from around the country with special training to develop their skills as future leaders in organized medicine. 

The AMA Foundation honored 51 individuals with the award at its annual Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony on Feb. 12 in Washington DC. Presented in association with the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative, recipients of the award are recognized for demonstrating outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education.

Dr. Ranasinghe, a member of the Division's hospitalist program, completed Yale-Griffin internal medicine/preventive medicine combined residency in June 2006, is board certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine and received a master’s of public health in chronic diseases epidemiology from Yale. During residency, she was instrumental in organizing a humanitarian medical mission to the areas affected by the 2004 tsunami.She also travelled to East Timor to work in mobile health clinics, apart from other leadership and volunteer activities. Dr. Ranasinghe also worked with an innercity, underserved population in Connecticut, organized a disaster preparedness conference for the Connecticut Department of Public Health and has been involved with several research projects presented at national conferences.

“Through their committed efforts to advancing health care in their communities, these men and women have shown tremendous potential for joining  the next generation of medical leaders,” said Peter W. Carmel, M.D., president of the AMA Foundation. “Whether the issues are political or social, I am confident that these talented people will provide solid leadership in the interest of improving health care delivery in our country.”

As the philanthropic arm of the American Medical Association, the AMA Foundation is committed to supporting programs in a broad range of health-related areas. For more information, please visit