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Hospitalist movers and shakers - June/July 2017


Three members of the hospital medicine community – Thiruvoipati Nanda Kumar, MD; Anthony Aghenta, MD, MS, FACP; and Angela Aboutalib, MD – recently were honored for their work by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals, earning spots in its publication, The Leading Physicians of the World.

Hospitalist and internist Dr. Nanda Kumar serves patients at Vibra Hospital in Redding, Calif., where he is also a clinical associate professor at the University of California at Davis. He is a member of both the Society of Hospital Medicine and the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Aghenta is a 17-year veteran internist who currently serves as medical director for Coronado Healthcare Center in Phoenix. There, he also is affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. A member of SHM, Dr. Aghenta also has the title of Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Aboutalib, whose experience as an internist includes expertise in hospital medicine, serves as hospitalist and medical director of clinical operations at U.S. Acute Care Solutions, Canton, Ohio. Previously, this member of the American College of Physicians served South Physicians as a hospitalist at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.

Andrew Dunn, MD, MPH, FACP, SFHM, recently was named chair-elect of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists. He assumed the role at the start of the ACP’s annual scientific meeting held in San Diego, March 30–April 1.

Dr. Andrew Dunn

Dr. Andrew Dunn

Dr. Dunn is chief of hospital medicine of the Mount Sinai Health System, New York, and serves as professor of medicine at the Icahn Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has been an ACP Board of Regents member and was chair of its Board of Governors, as well as governor of the ACP’s Manhattan/Bronx chapter.

Susan Herson, MD, has been named the new chief of staff at the Bath, N.Y., Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Herson comes to Bath from the Sioux Falls (S.D.) VA, where she was a hospitalist, a hospitalist-clinician educator, and medical director of clinical documentation improvement, while also serving as clinical assistant professor for New York Medical College and medical director at Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital.

Dr. Herson served in the U.S. Navy, doing her training at Walter Reed Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. She was a general medical officer while stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.

Chad Whelan, MD, has been elevated to president of the Loyola (Ill.) University Medical Center, moving up from his chair as senior vice president and chief medical officer. This longtime hospitalist also serves as a professor of medicine in the Loyola Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Chad Whelan

Dr. Chad Whelan

Dr. Whelan is a former director of hospital medicine at Loyola and has held various positions, including associate chief medical officer, at the University of Chicago. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Kevin Tulipana, DO, recently was promoted to medical director of hospital medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Southwest Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. Previously, Dr. Tulipana was a hospitalist in the special care unit at CTCA Tulsa.

Mustafa Sardini, MD, has been named Envision Physician Services’ 2017 Hospital Medicine Physician of the Year. Dr. Sardini is the site medical director as Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Sunnyvale, Texas. EPS presents the award to a hospitalist who peers deem as a leader in the industry.

Business moves

Physicians’ Alliance, (PAL) recently announced plans to partner with Penn State Health. As the largest independent physician group in Lancaster County, Pa., they will bring its more than 120 physicians, hospitalists, and dieticians to central Pennsylvania giant Penn State.

The alliance will allow patients of PAL physicians access to advanced care at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey.

Envision Healthcare, Greenwood Village, Colo. has created the Envision Physical Services (EPS) as a result of a merger with AmSurg ambulatory surgical center in December 2016. EPS combines EmCare and Sheridan Healthcare’s physician services divisions.

EPS specializes in hospital medicine, anesthesia, emergency medicine, radiology, and surgical services.

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