Medical Staff Excellence Recognized

The special Doctor's Day event was highlighted by the presentation of the 2013 Medical Staff Excellence Award to thoracic surgeon Mohan Kulkarni, MD, and family practitioner Jon Lake, MD.

Allegiance Health recognized its exceptional medical staff at a recent Doctors’ Day celebration. This special event, which is aimed at showcasing the health system’s committed team of care providers, was highlighted by the presentation of the 2013 Medical Staff Excellence Award to thoracic surgeon Mohan Kulkarni, MD, and family practitioner Jon Lake, MD.

Chief Medical Officer Ray King, MD, said, “Dr. Kulkarni is well respected among his colleagues and staff alike. Jackson is lucky to have such a ‘super star’ thoracic surgeon.” Dr. Kulkarni joined Allegiance in 1996.

Dr. King added, “Dr. Lake is a very caring, compassionate family medicine doctor whose patients love him. He provides the highest quality medical care to all of his diverse population of patients.” Dr. Lake began with Allegiance in 1999.

The Doctors’ Day Celebration also announced the recipients of the Trailblazer Award. This award recognizes champions of an initiative who have gone beyond expectations in their service to the community or our health system.

Congratulations to these physician leaders over the Allegiance Graduate Medical Education program:

  • Lara Raquel Clary-Lantis, DO
  • Vishal Gupta, MD
  • Vivek Kak, MD
  • Mahender Macha, MD
  • Christopher Pfeifer, DO
  • Sharon Rouse, DO
  • Michael Yangouyian, DO

“Health care for Jackson residents will definitely improve because of the GME program,” said Ray King, MD, chief medical officer for Allegiance. According to King, advantages of providing physician residency training include:

  • The community will have an ongoing supply of quality physicians from which to recruit. On average, health systems with GME programs retain 50 percent of the physicians they educate in their community. With shortages of physicians projected in the near future, the physician recruitment advantages of a GME program hold significant benefit for Jackson.
  • Expanding the number of physicians in the community by approximately 35 percent (there are currently 400 physicians on Allegiance Health’s medical staff) will provide community members with increased access to high quality care.

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