Member Recognition and Chapter Excellence Awards

2022 Award and Laureate Award Winners

2022 Chapter Laureate and Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 NYACP Laureate Winners!

The Laureate Award is designed to honor those Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated, by their example and conduct, an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, and research, and service to their community, their chapter, and the ACP.

Nandini Anandu, MD, FACP

Nandini Anandu, MD, FACP

Dr. Nandini Anandu is the outgoing District President for the NYACP Hudson Valley South District. She is an internal medicine physician in Westchester County, NY, working as a hospitalist at Northern Westchester Hospital. Nandini has been a member of ACP since 1999, and was elected to fellowship in 2012. She currently serves as Vice Chair for the Health and Public Policy. She is also a facilitator for Small Feedings of the Soul, NYACP's monthly narrative medicine event.

She received her MD from the University of Texas at Houston, and did her residency at North Shore in Long Island. She is active in her community, serving on Westchester County's Asian American Advisory Board, the Pelham Art Center Board of Directors, and the Executive Board of Pelham Together.

Anush Patel, MD, FACP

Anush Patel, MD, FACP

Anush Patel, MD, FACP has been a member of ACP since 2006.  He is currently the Councilor for the Hudson Calley Capital District of the New York Chapter ACP, member of the Chapter Well Being Committee as a trained ACP Well Being Champion, a podcast guest and a poster judge.  Previously, Dr. Patel was the District President for the Hudson Valley Capital District where he assisted in coordinating local membership events, such as a virtual story slam. 

Dr. Patel is Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Hematology & Oncology and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY. He is the Director of the Anticoagulation Clinic and Director of the Low Dose Lung Cancer Screening Program at Bassett Medical Center, Past President of the medical staff, Co-chair for the Retention and Engagement Committee, and Co-Chairman for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at Basset Medical Center.

Dr. Patel is Board Certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine and has numerous publications, book chapters and abstracts.authored multiple articles for the IM Connected Geriatric Spotlight and presented as a faculty member at multiple Chapter events.

Chapter Excellence Awards

Nominations are now closed for 2023, thank you!

NYACP is excited to increase member recognition for excellence and distinguished contributions to Internal Medicine.  The Chapter Awards committee will be issuing a total of 3-5 awards and is accepting nominations in the following categories: Education, Advocacy, Clinical Excellence, Research, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Public Health. 

The nomination requires a completed online form, a 500-word Letter of Nomination, and a copy of the nominee’s CV.  Self-Nominations will not be accepted.

Please help the New York Chapter ACP recognize, honor and congratulate the truly deserving members of our Chapter for their amazing and outstanding work.

award nomination form

2023 NYACP Chapter Excellence Award Winners

Chapter Excellence Award winners will be announced in the Chapter's October newsletter.  The awards will be presented at the Chapter reception on October 27, 2023 in Rochester, NY.

2022 Chapter Award Winners

Marc Braunstein, MD, FACP - Education
Kimberly Kranz, MD, FACP - Education
Frank Cacace, MD, FACP - Humanism in Medicine
Cori Salvit, MD, FACP - Humanism in Medicine
Lucille Torres-Deas, MD, FACP - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Jennifer Hensley, MD, FACP - Clinical Excellence

2021 Chapter Award Winners

Nandini Anandu, MD, FACP - Humanism in Medicine
Peter Bhandari, MD - Education
Roberto Cerrud-Rodriguez, MD - Research

Member Recognition

Please visit the Chapter's Members in the News Page.  If you or a colleague you know has recently received local recognition, an award, or has been published in a scholarly journal, the Chapter wants to know!

Congratulations to ACP's 2022 Master and Awardees!

Dr. Parag Mehta, Mastership

Parag Mehta, MD, MACP

ACP Mastership

Two words that are synonymous with Dr. Parag Mehta are happiness and gratitude. He personifies these values in his work as a leader, educator, mentor and clinician.  He is grateful for his experiences as a leader, and he has made a lasting impact in each of these roles.  Dr. Mehta is the current President of the Medical Society of the State of NY and Immediate Past President of NYACP.  As a lifelong learner, he has pursued education is many fields including Internal Medicine, Ob-Gyn, Hospital Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Care.  That's a breadth of knowledge he brings to his patients as a practicing Internal Medicine Physician in Brooklyn and to future physicians as an Associate Professor at Cornell Medicine.  Dr. Mehta's endless energy and passion to volunteer his services extends to communities in need, both local and international.  Most recently, his collaborative efforts included the collection of thousands of essential medical care items needed to provide health care services during the COCID-19 pandemic. Dr. Mehta is truly an inspiration to all that know him!

Dr. Kelly Ramsey, ACP Award

Kelly Ramsey, MD, FACP

ACP Award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine

Even prior to a career in medicine, Dr. Kelly Ramsey has been dedicated to serving the underrepresented and underserved communities with a degree in International Politics and a master’s in public health. Since completing her formal medical training, she has served as a clinician, educator and leader in the field of substance use disorders.  In her work with NY ACP, Dr. Ramsey has held leadership positions, volunteered for the Chapter mentorship program, been a co-creator of an Opioid training program that has reached tens of thousands of physicians, and has worked to reduce the stigma and raise awareness of substance use disorders by leading multiple successful initiatives.  Her numerous contributions and work in the field of behavioral medicine make her a trusted expert and mentor to her patients, colleagues, and the profession of medicine!

Dr. Snitkoff, ACP Award

Louis Snitkoff, MD, MACP

ACP Award for Outstanding Contributions to Improving Well-Being and Professional Fulfillment in Internal Medicine

Before burnout and well-being became the buzzwords, Dr. Louis Snitkoff was promoting the importance of self-care and caring for each other.  By example, Dr. Snitkoff lives his words of "paying it forward” through his ongoing work with NYACP, direct interaction with colleagues and previous collaboration with the DOH at the start of his retirement during the COVID 19 pandemic. He was in the inaugural class of ACP Well Being Champions and is a member of multiple ACP Committees and Task Forces (Physician Well Being and Professional Fulfillment, Medical Practice and Quality, and Coding Payment and Policy).  During his NYACP Presidency, Dr. Snitkoff founded the Chapter’s Well Being Task Force which has now become a standing committee and is a key contributor to the group’s award-winning well-being monthly programming. In retirement, he remains an active member of the Well-Being Committee, mentors new Well Being Champions and leads program workgroups. Dr. Snitkoff, a Master of the College, is a true role model for well-being!

Dr. R Curtis Mills, ACP Award

R. Curtis Mills, MD

ACP Ralph O. Claypool Sr. Memorial Award for the Devotion of a Career in Internal Medicine to the Care of Patients

Dr. R. Curtis Mills spent more than 50 years in medicine and was completely dedicated to the service of his patients before his recent retirement!  After graduating from Albany Medical College, completing training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and serving the US Military in Alaska, Dr. Mills settled in Upstate New York to begin his Internal Medicine practice.  Raised in Gloversville, NY, he returned to serve the people of the rural communities he knew and understood.  Board certifications in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Geriatrics, leadership as a medical director and assistant professor, and a member of nine professional organizations kept him connected to the clinical needs of his patients.  Most recently, Dr. Mills led the home visits for the homebound program through Bassett Healthcare.  This role, and his active involvement in community organizations, such as the YMCA and the Board of Education for the local school district, supported the outstanding way in which he understood and addressed the needs of his patients.  Congratulations for an award well deserved!

Dr. Danielle Ofri, ACP Award

Danielle Ofri, MD, FACP

ACP Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine

Dr. Danielle Ofri embodies humanism in medicine.  It's with aptitude and respect that Dr. Ofri provides a place of safety and comfort for her patients.  She teaches and shares this skill through work as a published author and TedTalk speaker.  At NYACP’s Annual Scientific Meeting in 2020, the Chapter was thrilled to welcome Dr. Ofri as the Keynote Speaker!  As a founder and editor of a prominent literary magazine staffed by medical professionals, the Bellevue Review, Dr. Ofri supports and encourages other writers to share humanism through narrative medicine. She represents how the arts, health and illness can connect for the purpose of helping patients and medical professionals from all backgrounds!  Thank you and congratulations, Dr. Ofri!


2021 ACP Masters and Awardees

  • Connie Newman, MD, MACP
  • Gabriela Bernal, MD  (Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award)

2020 ACP Masters and Awardees

  • Aaron Glatt, MD, MACP
  • Thomas McGinn, MD,MACP
  • Louis Snitkoff, MD, MACP

2019 ACP Master and Awardees

  • Douglas DeLong, MD, MACP 
  • Lawrence Phillips, MD, MACP

Pictures from ACP Convocation 2019

2018 ACP Masters and Awardees

  • Lynn Cleary, MD, MACP
  • Andrew Dunn, MD, MACP
  • Linda Efferen, MD, MACP
  • John LaRosa, MD, MACP
  • Donna Seminara, MD, MACP
  • Ruth Weinstock, MD, FACP (ACP Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes)
  • Joseph Fins, MD, MACP (ACP Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine ("Davies Award"))
  • John LaRosa, MD, MACP (ACP John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine)

Last Updated: 11.9.2022

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