Surgeon at The Miriam Hospital receives Brown University teaching award

July 24, 2017

Jamsheed Vakharia, M.D., a member of University Surgical Associates specializing in general surgery and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, has received the 2017 Riesman Family Excellence in Teaching Award at The Miriam Hospital. 

The annual award recognizes a Miriam physician who teaches at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He serves as a clinical assistant professor of surgery at Brown.

Vakharia, a Barrington resident, is a 1990 graduate of Aga Khan University Medical School in Karachi, Pakistan, who arrived at The Miriam in 1992 as an intern in surgery and completed his residency in 1998. He is a former Charles C.J. Carpenter, M.D., Outstanding Physician of the Year honoree.   

Several Brown medical students nominated Vakharia for the award, said Fred Schiffman, M.D., associate physician-in-chief at The Miriam Hospital and medical director of the Lifespan Cancer Institute.

“He has been a leader in teaching residents technical and humanistic aspects," Schiffman said. "I have worked with Jamsheed since he was an intern and even at that early stage his brilliance and kindness distinguished him as a unique and special caregiver. He extends the same brand of care to everyone with whom he interacts." 

The Riesman Family Excellence in Teaching Award was created in 2007 by a gift from the Robert A. and Marcia S. Riesman family for the purpose of recognizing excellence in teaching by a Miriam Hospital/Brown Medical School faculty member who is currently and actively involved in the education of medical students, resident physicians and other colleagues.  

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