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Four Physicians Presented SHM's 2005 National Awards of Excellence


SHM presented its 2005 national awards of excellence to four hospitalists whose work and research have contributed significantly to hospital medicine and to the betterment of hospital care across America. The award winners, who were recognized at the SHM annual meeting in Chicago, included:

  • Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, assistant professor, Division of General Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, and attending physician and assistant director for research, Hospitalist Program, Grady Memorial Hospital, both in Atlanta, GA– recipient of Young Investigator Award.
  • Shaun Frost, MD, FACP, assistant professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, and hospitalist, HealthPartners Medical Group and Clinics, Regions Hospital, St Paul, MN– recipient of Clinical Excellence Award.
  • Joseph Ming Wah Li, MD, hospitalist and director of the Hospital Medicine section, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA– recipient of Outstanding Service in Hospital Medicine Award.
  • Jeff Wiese, MD, associate professor of medicine, associate chairman of medicine, director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, and chief of medicine, Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans and Charity Hospital, New Orleans, LA– recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award.
Sunil Kripalani with SHM President Steve Pantilat.

Dr. Kripalani has established himself as one of the leading investigators in the field of patient literacy and its impact on health outcomes. He has been the recipient of more than $1 million in grant funding, including a prestigious K23 Patient Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine the relationship between health literacy and medication adherence after hospital discharge. He is currently the principal investigator on a randomized trial of two low literacy interventions designed to improve medication adherence among patients with coronary heart disease, funded by the American Heart Association. In addition, through a Pfizer Health Literacy Scholar Award, he has established a training program to improve physician communication with low literacy patients.

Dr. Kripalani has authored over 20 scientific and educational publications, including articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine. He serves as a reviewer for several prominent medical journals and has reviewed grants for the NIH. Dr. Kripalani has lectured at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Hospital Association, SHM, and Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), where he coordinates the health literacy interest group. He is also serving as an associate editor of the upcoming book, Hospital Medicine Secrets, and coeditor of an upcoming special issue on health literacy for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

In addition to these activities, Dr. Kripalani has proven himself a dedicated champion of SHM, contributing substantial time to research efforts at SHM, including the SHM Research Committee, Continuity of Care Task Force, Abstract Committee, Advisory Board Young Hospitalists Section, and the research section of SHM’s The Hospitalist publication.

After graduating summa cum laude from Rice University in 1993 with a BA in Psychology, Dr. Kripalani received an MD with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in 1997. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta in 2000, where he also completed one of the nation’s first Hospital Medicine Fellowships, including a Master of Science in Clinical Research.

Shaun Frost with SHM President Steve Pantilat.

Dr. Frost has dedicated himself to the advancement of clinical knowledge through clinical teaching and scientific publication. He is a member of the Regions Hospital Palliative Care Service and Patient Safety Committee, was a lead participant in a “Lean” implementation team on inpatient testing results, and was selected as the leafter of Regions Hospital “Best Care, Best Experience” work team on provider support. He is also currently participating in the development and implementation of inpatient “Prepared Practice Teams,” a model of multidisciplinary rounding to enhance communication among physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers, and pharmacists.

A teaching faculty member of the University of Minnesota Medical School, he is highly regarded by residents and medical students, and has been instrumental in developing curricula in perioperative medicine for residents to improve the systems of surgical care through education.

Dr. Frost is a frequent lecturer on topics ranging from perioperative medicine to venous thromboembolism and has been published in: Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, Medical Clinics of North America, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, and The Hospitalist. He currently is lead investigator for a trial on preoperative medication administration.

Dr. Frost has demonstrated consistent leadership within SHM. He is regarded as the definitive resource in local chapter development due to his work in the SHM Lake Erie Chapter, where he was founder and president. He also is credited with establishing the very first formal chapter of SHM. His vision for the future of chapter activities – including community service and a national recognition program – resulted in a Membership Committee task force on chapter development. As a leader in the Midwest SHM region, Dr. Frost was named a Councilor to the SHM Midwest Council. His outstanding performance led to his assuming the chair of the Council in 2004. Dr. Frost is also recognized as a subject matter expert in biomedical ethics, serving consecutive terms on the Ethics Committee as well.

Dr. Frost earned his MD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas as an AOA graduate, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine there. From 1998 through 2004, as a hospitalist at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, he was a contributor to the development, maturation, and operation of its hospital medicine model of care.

Joseph Ming Wah Li with SHM President Steve Pantilat.

Dr. Li was the first hospitalist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Medicine Program in 1998. There he helped define the role of an academic hospitalist through clinical work, teaching, and service on countless committees and hospital initiatives. He quickly distinguished himself and was made associate chief of the HCA/ACOVE medical teaching

firm and, more recently, director of the BIDMC Hospital Medicine Program. A key focus for Dr. Li was broadening the Hospital Medicine Program at BIDMC. Under his guidance, the program grew to eleven hospitalists that account for over 50% of all general medicine admissions and over 50% of teaching attending months on the medical service. He also developed a system that allowed staff to provide 24/7 seamless coverage and created a website of referring physicians. He initiated new clinical programs and working arrangements for the hospitalist team, and helped institute a program to staff a local hospital with Beth Israel Deaconess hospitalists.

Dr. Li’s advocacy for Hospital Medicine did not stop at the doors of BIDMC, however. He was a co-developer of the first Harvard Medical School CME course on the emerging role of hospital medicine, and was the cofounder of the Boston Area Hospitalists and the SHM Northeast Regional Chapter of hospitalists. A charter member of SHM, he co-directed the first SHM annual northeastern regional meeting in 2001. He currently is a member of the SHM Education Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, and Membership Committee Task Force.

A nationally recognized expert in hospital medicine, Dr. Li lectures extensively and has testified on hearings dealing with mandatory hospitalist programs. He has published numerous articles in Critical Pathways in Cardiology, WebMD, Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine, and, to name a few.

After earning his MD from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City in 1994, Dr. Li did his residency at New England Deaconess Hospital before becoming chief medical resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Jeff Wiese with SHM President Steve Pantilat.

Dr. Wiese has received 21 awards for teaching over the last five years, including six from the University of California at San Francisco, where he started his career in 1998 as a clinical instructor. Since joining Tulane University in 2000, he has earned 16 teaching awards, including the prestigious all Tulane Faculty of the Year Award (twice) and the Virginia Furrow Award for Innovation in Medical Education. On the clinical wards, he has twice won Attending of the Year honors, and his Professor Rounds are routinely rated among the best.

Dr. Wiese designed numerous innovative curriculums. As a result of his clinical diagnosis innovations, the Clinical Diagnosis scores at Tulane increased from the 46th percentile to the 80th and 82nd percentile, with 10% of the 2004 class scoring in the top percentile in the nation. As a result of his restructuring of core curriculum to emphasize rational, evidenced based medical decision making, Tulane’s internal medicine program recently went the highest on its match list in the past 20 years. And through Dr. Wiese’s pyramid mentor system, Tulane Internal Medicine presented more regional and national presentations than any residency program in the country.

Dr. Wiese has written over 50 articles, books, or book chapters, is assistant editor for two educational textbooks and a reviewer for six national journals, has authored two textbooks, and is on the editorial board for a monthly publication. As an active SHM member, he has served on the Education Committee, Southern SHM Committee, and was program director for SHM’s Intensive Care Pre-course.

Dr. Wiese received his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1995. He completed his residency and chief residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, where he also completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine with a focus on Hospitalist Medicine. He joined Tulane in 2000, after being recruited to start a hospitalist system at the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (Charity Hospital). His hospitalist proposal was accepted by the state and hospital administration, helping to provide funding to hospitalists at Charity.

Please join us in congratulating all of this year’s outstanding award winners.

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