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WMHS Honors Medical Staff at Physician Gala 2013

The annual Physician Recognition Gala honoring the WMHS Medical Staff was held on April 26 at the WMRMC auditorium.  A total of 36 physicians received nominations for this year’s awards.  Pictured at the event (from left) are: Dr. George Garrow, Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Christopher Haas, Mane Ictum (Quick Impact) Award; Barry Ronan, President/CEO; Dr. Narayan Saheta, Lifetime Achievement Award;  Dr. Murtaza Amir, Physician of the Year.  Congratulations to these dedicated physicians and to all who received nominations. 

The Western Maryland Health System named Dr. Murtaza Amir as Physician of the Year during its annual Physician Recognition Gala, which was held recently at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

The award  is presented to the physician who displays all-around excellence as a clinician, team player, and compassionate caregiver, while promoting the WMHS core values.  Nominators described Dr. Amir as an excellent and well-rounded physician, a team player and physician leader of the WMHS Stroke Center.  He is valuable asset to the medical staff and has earned this recognition for his hard work with physicians, nurses, EMS and the community to improve the quality of care.

Board-certified in neurology and psychiatry, Dr. Amir joined the medical staff at WMHS in 2005 and began seeing patients in private practice of neurology.  He received his medical degree from King Edward Medical College in Pakistan.  Dr. Amir completed his internship and residency at the Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami in Florida.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Narayan Saheta - Cardiologist 
Dr. Saheta has provided compassionate care to all of his patients for the last 37 years.  Nominators noted that he is a humble man who gives unselfishly to all and has dedicated his life to serving the medical needs of our community.  Dr. Saheta is a hard-working physician with a tireless dedication to excellence.  He also serves as a mentor to many young physicians and nurses.
A member of the WMHS medical staff since 1976, Dr. Saheta is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology.  He served as the president of the WMHS medical staff in 2002-2003 and has held several leadership positions in the Cardiology Department.  Dr. Saheta received the Richard D. Dailey Caregiving Award in 1996 and was named the recipient of the Physicians Service Excellence Award in February 2010.  

Mane Ictum (Quick Impact) Award: Dr. Christopher Haas - Interventional Cardiologist 
The Mane Ictum award takes its name from the Latin term for "quick impact” and it honors an outstanding physician who joined the medical staff within the last five years.  Dr. Haas joined the WMHS Medical staff in 2010 and quickly became one of the brightest stars on the staff.  

He received multiple nominations for recognition in several categories.  His nominators singled him out as a caring and conscientious practitioner who takes the time to talk with and educate his patients.  In just three short years at WMHS, he has had a significant impact on his patients as well as the staff of the Cardiology Department.  Dr. Haas has been instrumental in the revitalization of the Cardiac Rehab Program, the development and implementation of the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic, and a leader in streamlining our door to balloon time, saving precious minutes and countless lives.

These dedicated physicians are well respected by their colleagues and loved by their patients and the nurses and staff at WMHS.  Congratulations to all of the physicians on the medical staff for their hard work and commitment to the patients in their care.

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