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Inspirational Physician Award

Through its Inspirational Physician Award (formerly the Physician Mentor Recognition Program), the AMA-WPS provides an opportunity for physicians to express appreciation to the special men and women who have offered their time, wisdom and support throughout their professional journeys.

AMA-WPS members were invited to tell us about a professional colleague or teacher who has served a special role in your life and career. The individual may have inspired you to greater heights, steered you into a specialty you love, helped you find balance in life and work, guided you through your professional society, challenged you to surprise yourself, or unknowingly been a role model for you and others.

A special presentation highlighting the 2014 Inspirational Physician Award Honorees is now available.

2014's Inspirational Physician Award honorees include:

Mentor: Maura Brennan, MD 
Nominated by Kah Poh Loh, MD

Mentor: Paul Brown, MD
Nominated by Benjamin Farnia (Medical Student)

Mentor: Duane Cady, MD
Nominated by Patricia A. Randall, MD

Mentor: Alice Coombs, MD
Nominated by Busayo Obayan, MD

Mentor: Ricardo Correa, MD 
Nominated by Sheyla Zelaya, MD

Mentor: Gayatri Devi, MD
Nominated by Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD

Mentor: Michael Devlin, MD
Nominated by Ravi J. Shah (Medical Student)

Mentor: Rachel Finck, MD
Nominated by Christina Wei, MD

Mentor: Joslyn Fisher, MD, MPH, FACP
Nominated by Rachel Solnick (Medical Student)

Mentor: Latha Ganti, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP
Nominated by Ravneet Mann Dhillon, MD

Mentor: Jennifer K. Green, MD 
Nominated by Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH
Mentor: Neil Green, MD 
Nominated by Laura Meyers, MD

Mentor: Stephen B. Hanauer, MD 
Nominated by Sunanda Kane, MD

Mentor: Shahram Javdanfar, MD 
Nominated by Joseph Javdan, DO

Mentor: Tipsuda Junsanto-Bahri, MD
Nominated by Jessica Kim, Hae Lee, Shoji Samson, Berthold Shin, Andrew Valdez, Clover Youn, Rafi Yusuf, Yifan Li, Arjola Cosper, Luis Perez, Bethlehem, Matthew Rosner, Olga Jacques, Catrina LeBlanc, Rivkah Raza (Medical Students)

Mentor: Neil Kaplowitz MD
Nominated by Liyun Yuan, medical student

Mentor: Anna Lok, MD
Nominated by Mindie Nguyen, MD

Mentor: Cara Lye, MD
Nominated by Melissa Wallace, MD

Mentor: Claudia Lyon, DO
Nominated by Yanqui Zhao, MD

Mentor: Leah S. McCormack, MD
Nominated by Maya Babu, MD

Mentor: Kathleen Morrell, MD
Nominated by Carolyn Payne (Medical Student)

Mentor: Baharak Moshiree, MD, MS
Nominated by Shamaila Waseem, MD, Maria Samuel, MD, Natalie Cain, MD

Mentor: Karin Muraszko, MD
Nominated by Aruna Ganju

Mentor: Julieana Nichols MD, MPH
Nominated by Tiana Won, MD

Mentor: Eva Ritvo, MD
Nominated by Dalia Balsamo, MD

Mentor: Martha Rolli, MD 
Nominated by Claudia Reardon, MD

Mentor: Sarina Schrager, MD 
Nominated by Lindsay Anderson (Medical Student)

Mentor: Carol Shields, MD
Nominated by Michael DellaVecchia, MD

Mentor: Christina Surawicz, MD
Nominated by Sunanda Kane, MD

Mentor: Tamara Thomas, MD
Nominated by Kathleen Clem, MD

Mentor: Shelly D. Timmons, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS
Nominated by Karin Muraszko, MD

Mentor: Jacques Van Dam, MD, PhD
Nominated by Linda Hou, MD

Mentor: Julie Welch, MD
Nominated by Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD

Mentor: Donna Woodson, MD
Nominated by: Carolyn Payne (Medical Student)

Mentor: Alvin M. Zfass MD, FACP, MACG, AGAF
Nominated by Patricia Raymond, MD

Our Featured Inspirational Physician

Tipsuda Junsanto-Bahri, MD

Tipsuda Junsanto-Bahri, MD

Nominated by medical students: Berthold Shin, Luis Perez, Arjola Cosper, Shoji Samson, Andrew Valdez, Clover Youn, Bethlehem Kassaye, Matthew Rosner, Yifan Irene Li, Rafi Yusuf, Olga Jacques, Hae Lee, Rivka Raza, Catrina LeBlanc and Jessica Kim

"Dr. Bahri is a hard-working doctor, mentor and professor. She always finds the time and energy to help in all aspects of teaching, whether it is in the classroom or outside the classroom. She is a true example of what a doctor means—compassionate, loving and understanding. I nominate her because of her character and love for people, and she is a great adviser and mentor to all who come in contact with her." —Bethlehem Kassaye, medical student

 "I think everyone 'wants to have it all,' but it is important to find that right balance between career, family, extra-curricular activities and time for one's self, especially to take time to reflect on one's actions and future plans. Also, in order to inspire or mentor others, one would have to lead by example. I pass on my mentors' legacy to my mentees to excel in service, leadership, advocacy and education. I hope they will eventually pass on this 'torch' to others." — Tipsuda Junsanto-Bahri, MD, 2014 Inspiration Physician Award Honoree