Eardly K. Wickramasinghe, MD, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Physician Award for Community Voluntary Service. Dr. Wickramasinghe, a general practitioner and hospitalist with Erie Physicians Network who works at Saint Vincent Health Center, was chosen for the award after the statewide organization’s board of trustees voted unanimously to award him the honor. Dr. Wickramasinghe has a long history of volunteerism in the Erie community. He organized the Start Your Day Right breakfast food collection drive. He also initiated the Sheltering the Community program, which created and administered a team of area physicians to conduct bimonthly medical clinics at homeless shelters.
Robert M. Wachter, MD, MHM, professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), associate chairman of UCSF’s Department of Medicine, chief of the medical service at UCSF Medical Center, and chief of UCSF’s division of hospital medicine, has been named chair-elect of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) board of directors. He also serves on ABIM’s executive committee.
Hospitalist Adeeb Jaber, MD, recently was chosen as Outstanding Physician of the Year at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland—an honor bestowed by the hospital’s nurses. Dr. Jaber was the top vote-getter out of 1,000 cast by the center’s nurses, who were asked to nominate a doctor considered a role model and who “collaborates and communicates for care.” He has been on staff at the hospital since July 2008.
Tosha B. Wetterneck, MD, MS, FACP, has been named president-elect of the Wisconsin Medical Society. Dr. Wetterneck is associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and a general internist and hospitalist at UW Hospital and Clinics.
Julie Coffman Barnes, MD, has been named chief medical officer at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Georgia. Dr. Barnes will work alongside hospital personnel in patient safety and quality initiatives as well as evaluation of new clinical programs and technologies.
Ryan L. Moore, MD, 36, a hospitalist at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Topeka, Kan., died last month while kayaking along the Kansas River. Dr. Moore had recently accepted an appointment to become chief of staff at the hospital.
Dr. Moore was board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, and previously worked with Emergency Medical Services at Cushing Memorial Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., and Emergency Medicine at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.