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50 Years of Excellence: Honoring GBMC's Physician Titans of Care

April 24, 2015
Greater Baltimore Medical Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary in October by designating 50 remarkable doctors as "Physician Titans of Care." Doctors slated to enter this medical hall of fame have delivered premier clinical care and have made outstanding contributions in the formation and enhancement of GBMC HealthCare’s reputation, as well as the field of medicine.

These individuals, recognized as the 50 inaugural ‘Titans of Care,’ represent the many great doctors who have contributed to making GBMC so special throughout its history
“When the hospital began planning the celebrations related to its 50th anniversary, it was apparent to everyone that a hospital's reputation largely depends on the quality of its medical staff,” said Harold Tucker, M.D., GBMC’s chief of staff and one of the inaugural Titans.

Tucker attributes much of GBMC's success to its ability to attract and retain the best healthcare professionals. “It seemed most appropriate, then, to recognize the most outstanding of these physicians over the past five decades. The name ‘Titans of Care’ was derived from the term ‘titans of industry,’ reflecting outstandingly successful business leaders.”

In creating this list, GBMC HealthCare set out to recognize the previous generation of outstanding physicians as well as some of its current medical icons. In addition, the list of "Titans" covers nearly every department within the hospital.

“These individuals, recognized as the 50 inaugural ‘Titans of Care,’ represent the many great doctors who have contributed to making GBMC so special throughout its history,” Tucker said.

Francis Grumbine, M.D., the hospital's chief of gynecologic oncology and chairman of the Department of Gynecology, said that being selected as an honoree was a humbling experience.

“Some truly incredible physicians have served GBMC over the past 50 years," Grumbine said, "doctors who have brought remarkable clinical skills here, as well as a clear passion for the practice of medicine. This is about celebrating all of those doctors and recognizing the role the medical staff has played in making GBMC such a strong and reputable organization.”

Tucker said the list shouldn't be viewed as ancient history but rather as an acknowledgment of the hospital’s proud past and an inspiration to current and future physicians. “Many of these Titans have been mentors to the next generation of clinicians at GBMC, and many will want to emulate and surpass their predecessors,” Tucker explained.

The list will be updated as new generations of GBMC physicians develop new programs, new therapies and new ways to provide the best care.

Paul Leand, M.D., (retired) is one of the doctors tapped for this honor. Leand earned a reputation as one of the finest surgeons at Johns Hopkins before joining GBMC, which rose in stature and prestige simply because he was on staff. Leand was named a "Top Doc" by Baltimore magazine in three different surgical specialties — thoracic, vascular and general.

“Not only was he an outstanding surgeon and physician, but he demanded the same degree of excellence from everyone else that he worked with," Tucker said. "He understood that he needed an entire team of excellent physicians to take care of his patients the way he cared for them at Hopkins. His standards did not change just because he was now at a community hospital. He made not only his patients better, but everyone else at the hospital better.”

Malonnie Kinnison, M.D., an interventional radiologist at GBMC, also made the Titans of Care list. “She represents, for me, the kind of physician who said ‘I can do at GBMC the very complex but very helpful procedures that normally are only found in the most advanced tertiary care centers,’” Tucker said. “Very ill patients, who normally might need to be transferred elsewhere, or who might need a risky operation, could now be better and more safely managed by Dr. Kinnison's interventional techniques.”

As part of the countdown to the 50th anniversary, GBMC will plan and execute a variety of celebratory events and recognitions, concluding with a gala event on Oct. 2, which marks 50 years to the day since GBMC's groundbreaking ceremony in 1965. The Physician Titans of Care inductees will be honored at the gala.

"We are truly honored to recognize these amazing 50 doctors from the GBMC HealthCare family as our inaugural Physician Titans of Care,” said Bonnie B. Stein, chair of the GBMC HealthCare Board of Directors.

- Joe Yogerst for Greater Baltimore Medical Center
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