NORMAN — Three physicians were honored at Norman Regional Health System’s annual Medical Staff holiday dinner held this past week at the Embassy Suites Hotel.
Honorees were Dr. Lana Nelson, Dr. Farhan Jawed and Dr. Rick McCurdy.
Nelson received the 2013 Physician Peer Award. Norman Regional medical staff members were given the opportunity to vote for one physician they feel best personified three traits: compassionate care of patients, building of collegial relationships and the pursuit of professional excellence.
Dr. Tom Whalen, chief of staff, presented the award.
“Dr. Nelson was chosen by her fellow physicians for this year’s Outstanding Physician Award. She is described as compassionate, committed and well respected by her peers. She also is a physician leader who initiated our Nurse of the Year as Voted by Medical Staff award, allowing us to honor nurses who provide exceptional care.”
Nelson has been at Norman Regional since 2005, and is a general and bariatric surgeon. She completed her residency at Ohio University Doctors Hospital and a fellowship in bariatric surgery at University of South Florida. She is board certified in general surgery.
The 2013 Employee Choice award was presented to Dr. Farhan Jawed, as the Outstanding Physician Chosen by Health System Employees. All employees were given the opportunity to vote for one physician they feel best personified three traits: compassionate care of patients, building of collegial relationships and the pursuit of professional excellence.
David Whitaker, NRHS CEO, presented the award to Jawed.
“Dr. Jawed is particularly well regarded for his demonstration of compassion and dedication to hospital staff, their families, physicians and the community after the Moore Medical Center disaster,” Whitaker said. “He voluntarily provided numerous post-disaster group sessions with staff of Moore Medical Center, in addition to community outreach, and has accelerated our recovery process.”
Jawed has served as the medical director of Behavioral Medicine Services since 2011. He completed residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and is board certified in psychiatry.
The 2013 Hal Belknap Heart of Gold award was presented to Dr. Rick McCurdy.
The award, as voted by the Norman Regional medical staff, honors a physician for their service to the community.
“Dr. McCurdy has made significant contribution to the health of our regional community. He has been in active surgical practice in the Norman area for 35 years. He has performed thousands of surgeries at all hours of day and night. He has been committed to traveling two times a week to Purcell, where he has family roots, to conduct a surgical specialty clinic,” Whalen said. “He is a highly respected physician leader who supports Norman Regional’s key mission of improving the health of the community we serve.”
Dr. McCurdy is a board certified general surgeon specializing in general, thoracic and vascular surgery.
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