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Ohio ACEP Announces 2020 Annual Awards Recipients

Awards to Be Presented at Ohio ACEP Emergency Medicine Assembly

Columbus, OH—Ohio ACEP is pleased to announce the recipients of the Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year Award, Emergency Physician Advocacy Award, Emergency Physician Medical Education Award, the Emergency Physician Leadership Award, and Outstanding Emergency Medicine Resident of the Year Award. Each year, Ohio ACEP is honored to recognize excellence in emergency medicine and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding emergency physician members.

The recipients of this year’s Ohio ACEP Annual Awards are:

The Emergency Physician of the Year Award was created to recognize clinicians of unusual merit and celebrate physicians who encourage members to pursue the ideals of emergency medicine. Recipients of this award serve as outstanding physician role models, maintain high professional standards, provide high-quality care, and demonstrate dedication to emergency medicine.

Dr. Emily Kauffman, Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Residency, truly exemplifies each of these qualities. Highly respected by both her students and attending physician colleagues, Dr. Kauffman is known as a committed mentor, educator, and advocate for improving care for opioid-addicted patients.

In addition to her tireless work mentoring students and residents, Dr. Kauffman has dedicated herself to fighting the ongoing opioid abuse epidemic. Working with colleagues, she has championed Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in the emergency department, an approach which is still uncommon for emergency departments but has shown immense promise for helping opioid-addicted patients into recovery. Dr. Kauffman took the initiative to get the training and DEA approval to initiate MAT and has worked to create additional avenues for colleagues to do the same. Working outside the clinical setting, Dr. Kauffman conducts community trainings on how to use the life-saving overdose reversal drug, naloxone, and led a $1 million project to bring medical and mental health services needed by opioid-addicted patients to the emergency department.

Dr. Kauffman was nominated as Emergency Physician of the Year by her colleagues, Drs. Jennifer Frey, Marlisa Mann, and Jeffrey Caterino (Emergency Medicine Department Chair). In their letter, they praise Dr. Kauffman’s life-saving work and describe her as the perfect embodiment of the ideal of humanism in medicine and the type of faculty member and teammate that “anyone can go to because of her constant collegiality, humility, and drive to accomplish tremendous things personally and professionally.”

Ohio ACEP established the Emergency Physician Advocacy Award to celebrate leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of emergency medicine. Recipients of the award advocate for their specialty, their communities, and their patients.

Dr. Bryan Graham—an attending emergency physician at the Cleveland Clinic practicing at both the Main Campus and Fairview Hospital—perfectly embodies each of these qualities. Dr. Graham is active and highly engaged in legislative advocacy efforts and has been instrumental in leading Ohio ACEP’s initiatives to end out-of-network/surprise billing in Ohio.

Dr. Graham has dedicated countless hours to these efforts, lending his enthusiasm and expertise to help protect patients from surprise bills while also preserving the emergency care safety net upon which all Ohioans rely. Dr. Graham has participated in many behind-the-scenes meetings with legislators and stakeholders and testified to numerous legislative committees on multiple bills, displaying an impressive knack for communicating complex policy concepts to public officials who are not as deeply immersed in such details.

Dr. Graham was collectively nominated for the Emergency Physician Advocacy Award by his colleagues on the Ohio ACEP Board of Directors. In nominating Dr. Graham for the award, they praised his tireless work and the positive impact his leadership has made both for patients and fellow physicians and said his efforts are a perfect illustration of what can be accomplished by an emergency physician committed to making a positive difference.

The Emergency Physician Medical Education Award was established to recognize contributions to education in the field of emergency medicine. The honor is bestowed upon emergency physicians who have exhibited excellent teaching skills, implemented an exceptional education program, or developed an innovative teaching model.

Dr. Colin Kaide—Associate Professor at The Ohio State University Emergency Medicine Residency—meets and exceeds these criteria. As an instructor and clinician, he is greatly admired and respected by his students and his peers.

Dr. Kaide has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University Emergency Medicine Residency since 1996. In that time, he has touched the lives of innumerable emergency physicians-in-training. As an educator, his lessons go beyond purely clinical training, employing group didactics, grand rounds lectures, one-on-one tutoring, and bedside teaching. Dr. Kaide is the recipient of multiple teaching awards at Ohio State, including Teacher of the Year for Emergency Medicine, the Ohio State University College of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Teaching Award.

Dr. Kaide is also nationally recognized in the field of academic and educational emergency medicine, as evidenced by winning National ACEP’s prestigious Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award. He lectures extensively on diverse topics ranging from stroke and vertigo to pediatrics and cases rarely seen in the emergency department. He is also a national expert in hematology-related topics, including hemophilia and anticoagulation.

Recently, he and colleague Dr. Christopher San Miguel published a new emergency medicine textbook, LEARNing Rounds—Learn, Evaluate, Adopt, Right Now!, which is the result of years of bedside teaching exercises, compiled into an engaging, fun, and impactful educational resource. Dr. Kaide has also contributed to EM:RAP, a popular emergency medicine education podcast with an international audience of more than 30,000.

Dr. Kaide was nominated by his Ohio State Emergency Medicine Residency colleagues, Drs. Jennifer Frey, Daniel Martin, and Jeffrey Caterino. In their letter nominating Dr. Kaide, they described Dr. Kaide as a world-class medical educator with an unrivaled passion for teaching emergency medicine.

The Emergency Physician Leadership Award was established to recognize outstanding leadership in emergency medicine. Recipients of this award have served as role models to colleagues and/or chapter members, and his or her personal leadership attributes include, but are not limited to: inspiration, innovation, teamwork, and service.

Dr. Eric Adkins—Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs at The Ohio State University Department of Emergency Medicine—is a remarkable physician who embodies each of these qualities.

Dr. Adkins has a wide variety of leadership roles, showing the breadth and depth of his expertise. In addition, Dr. Adkins has helped to greatly expand Ohio State’s emergency department capacity, including planning the emergency department as part of the new James Cancer Hospital construction and overseeing the upcoming expansion of the emergency department as part of the $1.2 billion project to replace University Hospital.

In an effort to better address the needs of patients with high emergency department utilization, Dr. Adkins created a multidisciplinary committee to create personalized care plans for patients with chronic conditions such as mental illnesses, opioid use disorder, and sickle cell disease. These efforts have not only led to decreased emergency department utilization among this population of patients but also better health outcomes. As a result of his collaboration with hematologists to improve the care of sickle cell patients, the OSU Wexner Medical Center has been recognized as a Joint Commission Center of Excellence for sickle cell care. Dr. Adkins has also worked with colleague Dr. Laura Southerland to establish The Ohio State University as the first emergency department in the Midwest to achieve Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation by National ACEP.

Dr. Adkins was nominated for the Leadership Award by his Ohio State University colleagues, Drs. Jennifer Frey, Diane Gorgas, and Jeffrey Caterino. In their nomination letter, they praised Dr. Adkins as collaborative leader who values input from all viewpoints in order to create real, tangible improvements in patient care.

The Outstanding Emergency Medicine Resident of the Year Award was established to recognize a resident of outstanding merit who exhibits exemplary clinical promise, leadership, and commitment to their patients and emergency medicine.

Dr. Hannah Hughes, a third-year resident at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency, exemplifies the qualities this award was created to celebrate. She regularly demonstrates an unyielding dedication to education, increasing diversity, and quality patient care. Highly respected by the emergency department staff, Dr. Hughes has quickly gained the trust of her teammates, fellow residents, and faculty, who know they can rely on her elite clinical acumen, thoughtful medical care, and leadership.

In addition to an impressive list of awards, scholarships, and leadership roles, Dr. Hughes is also the current President of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), the world’s oldest and largest independent resident organization, which represents more than 16,000 emergency medicine residents, medical students, and fellows. In her role as EMRA President—and as an advocate more broadly—Dr. Hughes is passionate about advocating for diversity, promoting gender equity, and caring for the underserved. As President, she initiated a new leadership recruitment strategy which resulted in a 76% increase in female EMRA committee leaders and the most diverse EMRA Board of Directors in the organization’s 45-year history.

In her letter nominating Dr. Hughes for Outstanding EM Resident of the Year, Dr. Elizabeth Leenellett (Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati) praised her as remarkably humble and “the type of resident you hope to come across once in a lifetime.” Describing her as the unifying voice for the residency and the glue that holds her class together, Dr. Leenellett says Dr. Hughes “is poised, articulate, and a role model for residents not only at [the University of Cincinnati] but across the country.”

The 2020 Ohio ACEP Annual Awards will be presented to honorees on March 17, 2020, at the Ohio ACEP Emergency Medicine Assembly in Columbus. Congratulations to Drs. Emily Kauffman, B. Bryan Graham, Colin Kaide, Eric Adkins, and Hannah Hughes on their well-deserved honors!

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