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Medical Community Honors Physicians Who are Reshaping DC’s Healthcare Landscape

Tuesday, May 21, 2019  
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Physicians Who are Reshaping DC’s Healthcare Landscape To Be Honored By Medical Community
Medical Society of DC Names Award Winners Who Are Serving Their Patients and the City

Washington, D.C., May 22, 2019 – The Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC), the largest medical organization in the District representing metropolitan Washington physicians, is pleased to announce the winners of four awards for outstanding achievement towards healthcare and the profession. The awards will be presented at the Medical Society’s annual meeting, taking place on Friday, October 25, 2019, at the AAMC Learning Center, located at 655 K Street NW, Washington, DC. This year’s recipients have improved public health in the areas of women’s health, health equity, and health literacy, and they have tackled the physician burnout crisis and promoted scholarship.

MSDC annually opens nominations for four awards that recognize service to the Society, the city, and the profession. Luminaries from the city’s medical professional and health community are among past recipients of these awards. Awardees were chosen by a panel of MSDC Board members after reviewing nominations received from the membership. The awards and their recipients are:

Certificate of Meritorious Service: Daniel Marchalik, MD
Dr. Marchalik, a urologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, is being recognized for his service to the profession by developing the only comprehensive physician well-being program in the District with a dedicated research arm. He is collaborating with MSDC to help physicians across the District cope with ever-increasing stresses and demands of the profession. He is also creator and director of the Literature and Medicine Track at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Charles H. Epps, III Community Service Award: Collette M. Magnant, MD, FACS 
Dr. Magnant, a renowned breast surgeon, is being recognized for outstanding public service to the community. She founded the Sullivan Breast Center at Sibley in 1998 with the goal of providing multidisciplinary care for breast cancer patients in a collaborative environment that includes breast imaging, breast surgery, breast reconstruction, radiation oncology, medical oncology, physical therapy and other key services.

Distinguished Service Award: Roselyn E. Epps, MD
Dr. Epps, a dermatologist at the U.S. FDA and a Howard University graduate, is being recognized for outstanding service to the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. Dr. Epps heads MSDC’s charitable arm, Medical Society and Alliance Foundation (MSAF). She is an accomplished. dedicated physician member who has contributed her time and leadership to the Medical Society on numerous occasions. Dr. Epps is currently MSAF President and recently served as Program Chair for the MSDC Bicentennial.

John Benjamin Nichols Award: United Medical Center (UMC) Food and Nutrition Services and Jose Parungao, MD
Dr. Parungao and the United Medical Center (UMC) Food and Nutrition Services are being recognized for their contributions to improving health, specifically problems associated with food desert in Wards 7 and 8. UMC gastroenterologist Dr. Parungao spearheaded an initiative at UMC Food and Nutrition Services to develop a “better for you” meal program that empowers people through the principles of choice and better nutrition.

“Through service, leadership and excellence, this year’s honorees embody the Medical Society’s mission to make the District the best place to practice medicine,” said MSDC President Raymond K. Tu, MD, MS, FACR. “The health of the city is at its best when physicians are at the table, as demonstrated by their successes.”

The awards will be presented at the MSDC 2019 Annual Meeting on Friday, October 25 at the American Association of Medical Colleges Learning Center in Mt. Vernon Square. In addition to the award presentation, attendees will hear from MSDC President Dr. Raymond Tu, MD, about critical issues impacting health in the city, and witness the installation of the new MSDC President, Dr. Desiree Pineda. Additional information is available at www.msdc.org/MSDC2019.

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