The healthcare environment is more complex now than ever. With more advancements, tools and information at their fingertips doctors have an overwhelming job to diagnose and treat their patients every day. Today, we would like to say thank you to all of our ApolloMD physicians for taking all of those late night patient calls, working long hours and always providing top-quality patient care. To celebrate National Doctors Day, we are looking back on some of our physician’s accomplishments, stories, big moments, events and advice to others.

Thank you for all that you do. Happy National Doctors Day!

Dr. Michael Washington was recognized with an award for superior performance for leading the hospital on its CPOE initiative at the Saint Francis Doctors’ Day Celebration.

Dr. Sharien Mahtani at Davis Regional Medical Center celebrating National Doctors Day!

Congratulations to our five providers who received the Partner Provider of Excellence Award from WellStar’s Center of Nursing Excellence! We are proud to have such an excellent team of providers who truly go above and beyond for their patients.

Recipients: Yvonne Maduka, MD – WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, Mrunalee Metha, MD – WellStar Cobb Hospital, Tayari Mchezaji, MD – WellStar Douglas Hospital, Jehangir Pirzada, DO – WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital and John Pracht, PA-C – WellStar West Georgia Medical Center.

Congratulations to our ApolloMD physicians who were recognized as Top Docs by Richmond Magazine! Eight physicians were recognized across three different service lines.

Emergency Medicine – Dr. Scott Hickey, Dr. Arthur Ernst and Dr. Charlie Shields
Hospital Medicine – Dr. Michael Perini, Dr. Brian Hanrahan, Dr. Ali Masood and Dr. Philip Rizik
Palliative Care – Dr. David Buxton

Dr. Steve Currier, ApolloMD Regional Medical Director, will serve as one of the panelists at GAHE’s Augusta Area Meeting. The expert panel of speakers will lead this discussion centered around the patient experience, why it is important and the implications for delivering quality care; identifying opportunities for improvement based on real patient experience; and connecting patient experience to quality and outcomes as well as to enhance ways to meaningfully engage patients.

Dr. Marsh Cuttino, ApolloMD EM Medical Director at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, is taking strides in medicine that are out of this world. The zero gravity era is here. Dr. Marsh Cuttino, ApolloMD EM Director at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, is experimenting with reinflating a collapsed lung alongside others aboard the G-Force One. Learn more here. 

“My hope is that in the future, this type of medical device will be able to save the life of an astronaut, to continue their mission of exploration,” said Dr. Cuttino. “These types of medical treatment options could be required to explore the Moon and Mars.”

Very proud of JFK EM medical director, Dr. Andrew Kassinove, for representing ApolloMD so well! Tune in tonight to learn how to avoid heat exhaustion.

Dr. Kevin Connelley from Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond did a great job explaining the specifics of pediatric asthma on Neighborhood Health Watch! Check out the clip here.

Dr. Michelle Curry, ED Medical Director of CHS Blue Ridge Morganton and Valdese, and Brent Curry, Lead APC of CHS Blue Ridge Morganton and Valdese, accepted the Q2 Golden Lobe Award on behalf of their team at CHS Blue Ridge Valdese. Way to go Valdese!

Congratulations to Dr. Sherry Turner, ApolloMD EM Medical Director at Merit Health Wesley & President of The Foundation for Osteopathic Emergency Medicine (FOEM), on being selected as one of the Mississippi Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes! Keep up all of the great work.

Congratulations to ApolloMD EM Medical Director at Carolinas HealthCare System Union & Waxhaw, Dr. Mullins, on receiving the Circle of Excellence award. Thank you for all of your hard work!

Way to go team! We are proud to provide emergency department services to the Paulding community and to have such great partners at WellStar Paulding Hospital.

Congratulations Dr. Cusano! #IgniteMomentum

Phillip Cusano, MD, Medical Director at Emanuel Medical Center, was named Anesthesia Medical Director of the Year during the 2017 ApolloMD Leadership Conference – Ignite Momentum – held in Atlanta.

“We are honored to recognize Dr. Cusano for his leadership,” explained John Sherman, MD, Chief Medical Officer – Anesthesia. “Phillip is a pleasure to work with and I know he will continue to thrive in his Medical Director role.”

Michael Washington, MD, Medical Director for St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., was named Outstanding Medical Director out of 80 ApolloMD Emergency Medicine Practices across the United States during the 2017 ApolloMD Leadership Conference.

“We are honored to recognize Dr. Washington for his outstanding leadership,” explained Mike Lipscomb, MD, ApolloMD Chief Quality Officer and Regional President. “Michael is a natural communicator and receives numerous compliments from his team members on a regular basis. Whether managing the department or working clinically, he sets the tone for leadership and quality patient care.”

Dr. Washington worked and continues to work closely with hospital administration and the entire ED team on the patient throughput, patient experience, ensuring patient safety and quality leading to decreased LWBS/AMA rates resulting in a reduction from 6% to under 2%.

Congratulations, Dr. Capotorto! #IgniteMomentum

Vito Capotorto, MD, Medical Director at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, was named Hospital Medicine Medical Director of the Year during the 2017 ApolloMD Leadership Conference – Ignite Momentum – held in Atlanta.

“We are honored to recognize Dr. Capotorto for his leadership,” explained Martin Duclos, MD, National Medical Director – Hospital Medicine. “Vito is a pleasure to work with and I know he will continue to thrive in his Medical Director role.”

Michelle Curry, MD, Medical Director at CHS Blue Ridge, was named Emergency Medicine Medical Director of the Year during the 2017 ApolloMD Leadership Conference.

Dr. Curry was not able to attend the conference due to deployment with the Federal DMAT to fill a Chief Medical Officer assignment.

“We are honored to recognize Michelle, not just for the work she has already done, but for the work she continues to do. Her leadership is an inspiration to all of us,” explained Yogin Patel, MD, ApolloMD President. “Before she was deployed to assist in the devastation in Puerto Rico, she sent an email to her team. In the email she stated, ‘Please bear in mind the level of Disaster Response taking place is unprecedented in NDMS history—to have so many deployments, so many folks involved in such a widespread area at the same time has not been done. Everyone is stepping up and I know you all are doing the same in my absence!’ We thank Dr. Curry for not only her commitment to our organization and the CHS Blue Ridge facility, but her leadership through an extremely difficult time for those affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria.”

Thank you, Michelle, for showing the impact of strong leadership in an organization and for inspiring us to create change in the world around us.

Jehangir Pirzada, DO, Medical Director at WellStar Spalding Regional Medical Center, was named Emergency Medicine Medical Director of the Year during the 2017 ApolloMD Leadership Conference – Ignite Momentum – held in Atlanta.

“As one of our newest medical directors, Dr. Pirzada has gone above and beyond to positively impact his facility,” explained Brett Cannon, MD, ApolloMD Divisional President. “Jehangir is a pleasure to work with and I know he will continue to develop his team and facility in his Medical Director role.

Congratulations, Dr. Pirzada!

“Whatley, a veteran emergency room doctor, had just started the 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. shift at The Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia, on June 4 when a barely conscious young women arrived by ambulance. …So about 20 minutes into his shift, Whatley called the Georgia Poison Center and sounded the alarm, state officials confirmed.”

Read more here about how ApolloMD ED physician, Greg Whatley, sounded the alarm for an epidemic of overdoses in Georgia.

Congratulations to Dr. Ben Smith for winning the ACEP EUS Innovator Award! #ACEP17 #OwnYourFuture


Serving the Roswell community has been a family tradition for Dr. Ed Malcom III. We are proud to announce he was one of the nominees for the Medical Director of the Year Award presented by the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services! Dr. Malcom III is the medical director of the ER at WellStar North Fulton Hospital, where he has been a long-standing member of the staff. He is also a part of the Roswell Fire Family, where his father was also once a medical director.

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