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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Nandini Anandu, MD, FACP - Humanism in Medicine
Peter Bhandari, MD - Education
Roberto Cerrud-Rodriguez, MD - Research
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!
Parag Mehta, MD, MACP
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!
Kelly Ramsey, MD, FACP
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!
Louis Snitkoff, MD, MACP
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!
R. Curtis Mills, MD
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!
Danielle Ofri, MD, FACP
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!
Last Updated: 11.9.2022