Fairfield County Medical Association honors physicians for medical excellence

The Fairfield County Medical Association (FCMA) hosted its annual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Inn at Longshore in Westport. Local physicians and their guests gathered for an evening of live music, comradery and the Physicians Extraordinaire Awards Ceremony, which recognized several physicians in Fairfield County who demonstrate a strong commitment to providing the highest quality medical care for the patients whom they serve. The event also featured a keynote address titled “Human Care: Revive Your Healing Passion and Thrive” by Hassan A. Tetteh, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE, a nationally renowned lecturer and author of “Gifts of the Heart.”

The awards presented at the annual meeting were as follows: Benjamin Rush Award for Lifetime Achievement-Lawrence Blum, MD, Patch Adams Award for Distinguished Community Service-Anna C. Freitag, MD, Prasad Srinivasan Award for Dedication to Medical Advocacy-F. Scott Gray, MD, Virginia Apgar Award for Excellence in Medical Research and Education-Winston Y. Shih, MD, Albert Schweitzer Award for Humanitarian Endeavors-Bonnie McGuire Wreschner, MD, Sir William Osler Award for Outstanding Resident-Deepak Kanna Kadayakkara, MD, Dr. Melville Magida Award for Notable Patient Care-Mark A. Vitale, MD. The Magida Award was presented in conjunction with the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

Additionally, seven physicians that have been practicing medicine for 50 years were recognized at the event and are as follows: Taesun Chung, MD, Robert A. Israely, MD, Michael A. Lee, MD, Kenneth J. Lippmann, MD, Richard G. Lovanio, MD, Stuart N. Novack, MD, and Sheikh M. Yousuf Ali, MD.

Connecticut State Representative Daniel Carter, was also awarded FCMA’s 2016 Legislator of the Year award for being a strong patient and physician advocate at the State Capitol and for his instrumental role in helping to craft improvements to the Connecticut Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which is aimed at addressing the opioid crisis.

Mark S. Thompson, executive director of the Fairfield County Medical Association commented on the evening by saying “FCMA’s annual meeting is always an amazing event, and this year’s ceremony was no exception. Many of Fairfield County’s most prominent physicians were recognized for the incredible contributions they make in the delivery of medical care.”

For more information about Fairfield County Medical Association visit fcma.org.

Randy Trowbridge, MD, Bonnie McGuire Wreschner, MD, and Joseph Feuerstein, MD

Randy Trowbridge, MD, Bonnie McGuire Wreschner, MD, and Joseph Feuerstein, MD

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