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Awards and Recognitions

May 25, 2018
Dr. Jeffrey Sternlicht

Dr. Jeffrey Sternlicht Named Physician of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Sternlicht on being named the 2018 Physician of the Year by the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Each year, this award is given to a Maryland physician who has made significant contributions in the field of emergency medical services (EMS).

The award acknowledges Dr. Sternlicht as a leader who motivates, inspires, and challenges his team while encouraging others to make the most of their strengths and using weaknesses as a chance to improve. His leadership and insight have taken his department to a higher level of emergency care.

Dr. Sternlicht is, without a doubt, deserving of this award and we are grateful for his service and dedication. Congratulations!

Dr. John Greenawalt

Dr. Chris Greenawalt Named Director of GBMC Hospitalist Program

Dr. Greenawalt has been a leading member of the GBMC hospitalist group since 2003. He is a home-grown Baltimorean, raised in Baltimore County. A graduate of The McDonough School, he attended the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Maryland Hospital in 2003. Dr. Greenawalt served as the Assistant Director of the Hospitalist Group from 11/2007 - 12/2013. He also participated in multiple committees, including the Credentials Committee, where his input was vital to decisions regarding the credentialing and privileging of new providers.

Dr. Greenawalt succeeds Dr. Rekha Motagi, who will remain a full-time hospitalist. Dr. Motagi has done a fantastic job in her many roles at GBMC. She was one of our brightest medical residents from 1994 - 1997. She then joined the Hospitalist Group in 1997. In 2009, Dr. Motagi became the Assistant Director of the Hospitalist Program and then in 2012, assumed the position of Director. Dr. Motagi has worked tirelessly to assure that our Hospitalist Program provides excellent, consistent, and compassionate care. She has recruited outstanding physicians and worked with all disciplines to create positive working relationships. She has participated in many committees and was one of the most important advocates for physicians during the Epic transition. Thank you, Dr. Motagi, for all your hard work, always conducted with wisdom and grace.

Dr. Greenawalt's goals for the GBMC Hospitalist Program are to continue building on the 20 years of clinical excellence already established by the GBMC Hospitalist Group, and to distinguish the hospitalist group as a "Pinnacle of Excellence" within the healthcare system and the community. Specific goals he describes include deepening the Hospitalist Program's alignment with the ER, ICU, and housestaff, developing and integrating a robust advanced practitioner clinician program, and using meaningful data to improve quality of patient care.

Dr. Greenawalt's varied non-medical interests include: snow skiing container gardening, and collecting classic automobiles.

Please welcome Dr. Greenawalt as he accepts this new challenge!

Dr. Robert Ferguson

Dr. Robert Ferguson Wins Dema C. Daley Founders Award

GBMC is proud to recognize Dr. Robert Ferguson for his recent achievement as the winner of the prestigious Dema C. Daley Founders Award by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.

The Dema Daley Award is given in honor of a member of the Internal Medicine community recognized nationally as an educator, innovator, and leader. Recipients are chosen by a group of council members who select the best candidate for his or her significant contribution towards undergraduate, graduate medical education, and development of training programs in Internal Medicine.

More than eight years ago, Dr. Ferguson implemented an online Journal called the Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives (JCHIMP) to share information with medical professionals interested in the unique medical dilemmas facing community hospitals. “The Journal has been overwhelmingly successful and has published close to 500 articles thus far,” said Mel Blanchard, MD, Program Director in Internal Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, in presenting the award.  

Dr. Ferguson earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.  His post-graduate training included an internship and Assistant Residency at North Shore University Hospital, New York, and Chief Residency in Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, CT.

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