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NYC Health + Hospitals Emergency Physicians Named 2021 'Unsung Heroes' by New York American College of Emergency Physicians

The four doctors are among 26 individuals chosen by the medical society fortheir extraordinary efforts inside and outside of the emergency department

Dec 08, 2021

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that four of the system’s emergency physicians were named 2021 New York American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Unsung Heroes of Emergency Medicine. According to New York ACEP, the purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding emergency physicians who go above and beyond for their patients, colleagues, and community. The recipients are nominated by their department chair.
2021 New York ACEP Unsung Heroes:
Cara Taubman, MD, MPH
Assistant Director, Emergency Department
NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
11 Years of Service
Frosso J. Adamakos, MD FACEP
Vice Chair of Education, Metropolitan Harlem Emergency Medicine Residency
NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
4 Years of Service
James M. Willis, MD
Emergency Medicine
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
11 Years of Service
Mary T. Ryan, MD
Emergency Medicine
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
20 Years of Service
“I am fortunate to work with a fantastic team at Harlem Hospital Center and thankful that I get to serve the patients in this community,” said Cara Taubman, MD, MPH. “I am both honored and humbled that my work has been recognized in this way.”
“It is such an honor to receive this award, but I could not have met the challenges of this pandemic without the amazing staff members at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan and NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem,” said Frosso J. Adamakos, MD, FACEP. “They are the real heroes and it’s been a privilege to have worked with them.”
“I am humbled to be recognized by my colleagues and residents,” said James M. Willis, MD. “It’s an honor to serve the patients of Kings County and Downstate and to work alongside the amazing physicians, nurses and staff in both institutions.”
“I am honored and humbled to receive this award. My years at Lincoln though challenging, have been rewarding and above all transformative,” said Mary T. Ryan, MD. “I hope to have many more years ahead working in the South Bronx.”
“It’s staff members like these, who exceed expectations, that make NYC Health + Hospitals great,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “Their leadership sets an example for every medical professional. I am very proud of this well-deserved recognition.”
“Congratulations to all of the honorees and thank you for your outstanding commitment to our patients, colleagues, and the community at-large,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Machelle Allen, MD. “This recognition shows that our healthcare workers are willing to go to great lengths to provide New Yorkers with the absolute best care.”
There are many individuals whose unique and critical contributions to public health during the pandemic have been recognized,” said New York American College of Emergency Physicians President Keith E. Grams, MD FACEP. “However, there are those who play a role in creating a better environment for a significant portion of our emergency medicine community who are underappreciated and irreplaceable: New York ACEP is proud to recognize these individuals as the Unsung Heroes of New York State’s Emergency Departments.”