Two Awarded Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award

January 15, 2016

Rhode Island Hospital annual award honors exceptional physicians

RIH MD of yearThe medical staff of Rhode Island Hospital awarded Paul Morrissey, MD, and Reginald Gohh, MD the 2015 Annual Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award. Both men work in the division of organ transplantation and are kidney specialists. They are recognized for developing, nurturing, and ensuring the success of the kidney transplantation program.

“Besides being terrific clinicians, Drs. Morrissey and Gohh lecture, teach, conduct research, are involved with national organ donation and allocation policy, and in every way bring distinction to Rhode Island Hospital,” said Douglas Shemin, MD, who nominated his colleagues for the award. “They have made the transplant program a true collaborative effort, not only between nephrology and transplant surgery, but also involving nutrition, clinical social work, nursing, pharmacy, infectious disease, and psychiatry.”

“On behalf of all of the Rhode Island Hospital physicians, it is an honor to recognize Dr. Morrissey and Dr. Gohh for their passionate commitment to the renal transplantation program,” said Latha Sivaprasad, MD, chief medical officer of Rhode Island Hospital. “I commend them for advancing the field on transplantation science and, more importantly, for making their patients’ lives all for the better because for their efforts.”

Morrissey is also an associate professor of transplant and general surgery at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. After general surgery training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he completed a fellowship in abdominal organ transplantation at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. He is the assistant medical director of the New England Organ Bank and his clinical expertise is in renal transplantation and dialysis access surgery. He has performed hundreds of kidney transplants and is one of the top dialysis access surgeons in the Northeast.

Gohh is the medical director and transplant nephrologist at Rhode Island Hospital and directs the pre-transplant and post-transplant care of the majority of kidney transplant recipients. He is an associate professor of medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a member of the division of hypertension and kidney diseases at University Medicine, Providence. He earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and completed a residency at Rhode Island Hospital. He is a former recipient of the Young Investigator's Award of the American Society of Transplant Physicians.

The Milton W. Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award is presented each year to a doctor who has made exceptional contributions to patient care and leadership. The late Milton Hamolsky, MD was an endocrinologist who came to Rhode Island Hospital in 1963 and served as the first full-time physician-in-chief. Hamolsky served as the chief administrative officer of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline and was a noted pioneer of medical education in Rhode Island.

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