CDPHP® Honors Three Local Physicians At Eighth Annual Awards Celebration

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CDPHP recently inducted three outstanding local physicians who have shaped and improved health care in the community into the CDPHP® Physicians’ Academy Class of 2012.

Three local physicians were inducted into the CDPHP® Physicians’ Academy Class of 2012.

“This annual event highlights extraordinary individuals who serve as role models and mentors within our broad physician network and advance the delivery of health care in our region,” said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP.

CDPHP recently inducted three outstanding local physicians who have shaped and improved health care in the community into the CDPHP® Physicians’ Academy Class of 2012. Honorees included: Kallanna Manjunath, MD, Jeffrey Perkins, DO, and William A. Petersen, MD.

“This annual event highlights extraordinary individuals who serve as role models and mentors within our broad physician network, continue to be ambassadors of our local, not-for-profit, physician-guided health plan, and advance the delivery of health care in our region,” said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP.

Created in 2004, the CDPHP® Physicians’ Academy recognizes extraordinary network physicians who are nominated by their peers and selected by an esteemed panel of CDPHP Board and Physicians’ Academy members. The honorees were selected for their delivery of high-quality care, development and observance of best practices, and their willingness to mentor colleagues and staff. Each of them received a $1,000 honorarium for training or education.

“The Physicians’ Academy reflects the energy and excellence of the CDPHP practitioner network and its ability to shape and improve the future of health care in our service area,” said Bruce Nash, MD, MBA, chief medical officer, CDPHP.

Since the Academy’s inception, and under the leadership of its dean, Anthony Tartaglia, MD, CDPHP has inducted more than 30 physicians into the CDPHP® Physicians’ Academy from a variety of specialties.

At the event, Dr. Bennett and Peter T. Burkart, MD, chairman of the CDPHP Board of Directors, presented awards to the following honorees:

Kallanna Manjunath, MD
As the chief medical officer for Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services in Albany, N.Y., Dr. Manjunath is leading the charge to sustain and improve the quality of care provided at Whitney Young by embracing the shift to electronic medical records, promoting the interoperability of clinical data, and actively participating in CDPHP’s Enhanced Primary Care program. Under his leadership despite limited resources, Whitney Young has developed a reputation for excellence, far exceeding state and federal standards of care, and achieving Level III NCQA certification as a patient-centered medical home.

Jeffrey Perkins, DO
The founder and leader of Comprehensive Internal and Preventive Medicine in Albany, N.Y., Dr. Perkins has been an office mentor to medical and osteopathic students for 36 years, has hosted a yearly lecture at Siena College, entitled “The Physician as a Healing Agent,” for 20 years, and has served as the floor attending physician for residents and students at Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's Hospital for nearly 20 years. Dr. Perkins has been recognized as a "Best Doctor" and is listed in the Best Doctors in America, a guide featuring the nation's most respected physicians. He is frequently called upon to speak about his expertise, and has given numerous presentations on herbal medicine, hypertension, and fibromyalgia.

William A. Petersen, MD
Dr. Petersen has spent the bulk of his career in private practice, including 48 years at Shaker Pediatrics in Latham, N.Y., where he has developed close relationships with his patients and their families. Dr. Petersen embraces change and welcomes opportunities that will result in better care for his patients. He has embraced electronic medical records and is helping his practice implement the CDPHP Enhanced Primary Care initiative, a medical home model which is transforming the way doctors care for their patients. Dr. Petersen has served as attending physician at numerous area hospitals, including Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Hospital, where he continues to work. Dr. Petersen has been recognized nationally in the field of pediatrics, authoring the Pediatric Emergency chapter in a leading textbook on emergency room care.

About CDPHP®
Established in 1984 as a physician-founded, member-focused, and community-based not-for-profit health plan, CDPHP and its affiliates are uniquely positioned to serve as a model of quality and health value, offering members in 24 counties throughout New York a full array of innovative products. Visit CDPHP at http://www.cdphp.com or on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Photo caption: Three local physicians were inducted into the CDPHP® Physicians’ Academy Class of 2012. (Pictured from left to right): John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO of CDPHP stands with award recipients William A. Petersen, MD, Jeffrey Perkins, DO, and Kallanna Manjunath, MD, with Peter T. Burkart, MD, chairman of the CDPHP Board of Directors.

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