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SHM 2021 Awards of Excellence and Junior Investigator Awards



Certificate of Leadership in Hospital Medicine

Mihir Patel, MD, MBA, MPH, CLHM, SFHM

The Certificate of Leadership in Hospital Medicine (CLHM) cultivates leadership skills in the context of specific hospital medicine challenges. This designation informs employers – or potential employers – with confidence that a candidate is equipped and ready to lead teams and grow an organization.

Dr. Mihir Patel, Ballad Health, Johnson City, Tenn.

Dr. Mihir Patel

Dr. Mihir Patel serves as medical director of virtual medicine and a full-time hospitalist at Ballad Health in Johnson City, Tenn. He also works part time as a telehospitalist with Sound Physicians, covering multiple hospitals in California and Washington State. He has previously served in a number of administrative roles including medical director of hospitalist program, chief of staff, and director of medical informatics committee, in addition to working as hospitalist in both rural and urban hospitals. He is cofounder and president of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Mihir’s research and clinical interests focus on integration of telemedicine, electronic medical records, and principles of lean healthcare to reduce waste and cost of care while improving overall quality and safety.

Humanitarian Services

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, MACP, SFHM

Dr. Eileen Barrett is an internal medicine hospitalist at the University of New Mexico, where she also serves as associate professor of medicine and the director of Continuing Medical Education in the Office of Continuous Professional Learning.

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH

Dr. Eileen Barrett

In addition to current clinical and educational roles at UNM, Dr. Barrett has extensive leadership experience as the former director of Graduate Medical Education Wellness Initiatives, the current District 10 Chair of SHM, as chair of a multiorganizational Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Collaborative Task Force, and as a former regent of the American College of Physicians.

Her tremendous efforts in humanitarian services are reflected in her dedication to supporting communities in need. In 2015, Dr. Barrett traveled to Sierra Leone, where she served as an Ebola response clinician. There, she helped to develop safer care protocols, including initiating morning huddles, standardizing onboarding, and improving medication administration and documentation. These skills were developed while she worked for the Navajo Area Indian Health Service (including as an infection control consultant) for more than 9 years and in volunteering at the Myanmar-Thai border with refugees. Her work abroad helped support her training for directing UNM hospitalist COVID-19 Operations while also providing direct care.

Dr. Barrett has represented the specialty of hospital medicine both nationally and internationally. She has served on national committees and spoken from the perspective of an academic and community hospitalist leader on issues such as performance management, patient engagement, DEI, and professional fulfillment.

She has been a member of SHM since 2014 and has served as cochair of the three most recent Innovations Poster Competitions. Dr. Barrett is a former president of SHM’s New Mexico chapter where under her leadership the chapter received SHM’s Outstanding Chapter Award in 2018. She is a dedicated member of SHM’s Physicians in Training Committee and Chapter Support Committee. Dr. Barrett is an elected member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, received a 2019 Exemplary Mentor Award from the American Medical Women’s Association, and is a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine.


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