Hospitalist movers and shakers: January 2021


Daniel Steinberg, MD, SFHM, recently was among 10 medical educators across the county to receive the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education 2021 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. Considered the most prestigious award given to graduate medical education program directors, it “recognizes program directors who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency/fellowship program and served as exemplary role models for residents and fellows.”

Dr. Daniel I. Steinberg, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York

Dr. Daniel I. Steinberg

Dr. Steinberg was program director for internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, for 11 years (2009-20) before becoming associate dean for quality and patient safety in graduate medical education in September. He is a professor of medicine and medical education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

Dr. Steinberg also is a leader within SHM, serving on the education, physicians-in-training, and annual conference committees. He is the course director for SHM Converge 2021.

Ann Sheehy, MD, SFHM, was honored in a virtual ceremony in December 2020 by the University of Wisconsin celebrating Physician Excellence Award winners. She was presented with the Physician Excellence Leadership Award.

Dr. Ann Sheehy

Dr. Sheehy is division chief of the division of hospital medicine at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and chair of the SHM Public Policy Committee.

Donald Schmidt, MD, has been named chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb. He will replace Thomas Stalder, MD, who is retiring. Dr. Schmidt brings 20 years of experience to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals, including his most recent post as a hospitalist and medical director of the hospitalist program at Catholic Health Initiatives Health St. Elizabeth (Lincoln, Neb.).

Dr. Schmidt currently serves on the board of directors for OneHealth Nebraska, an independent physicians association.

Ezinne Nwude, MD, recently was presented with the SCP Health Excellence in Leadership Award during the organization’s Medical Leadership Conference. Dr. Nwude is chief of staff and hospitalist at the Medical Center of South Arkansas, El Dorado.

SCP Health coordinates staffing for more than 7,500 providers covering 30 states and is one of the nation’s largest clinical practice management companies. More than 420 medical leaders nationwide were eligible for the award. Dr. Nwude has focused on positive culture and health education since her start at MSCA in 2014. She has been chief of staff since October 2018.

RWJ Barnabas Health (West Orange, N.J.) recently named two new health system leaders from among its hospital medicine ranks, as Christopher Freer, MD, was tabbed as senior vice president for emergency and hospital medicine, and Maninder “Dolly” Abraham, MD, was picked as chief of hospital medicine. The moves were made as RWJBH takes over as the direct employer for Envision Physician Services in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Freer was elevated to his new role after spending the past 5 years as RWJBH’s system director for emergency services. He has nearly 3 decades of experience in hospital medicine.

Dr. Abraham comes to his new position after directing the hospitalist program at Saint Barnabas and serving as regional medical director with Envision.

Newman Regional Health (Emporia, Kan.) recently established a partnership with FreeState Healthcare (Wichita, Kan.). FreeState will be responsible for providing hospitalist services to adult inpatients and observation patients at Newman Regional Health during overnights.

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