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[February 11,2008]

Largest Emergency medicine association honors Dr. Joel Gernsheimer as a ‘Hero of Emergency Medicine’

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recognized Joel Gernsheimer, MD, FACEP, as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine” recently. The honor recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to emergency medicine, their communities, their patients, or others.

 “Emergency physicians are on the front lines of America’s health care system, providing the essential community service of emergency care,” said ACEP President Linda L. Lawrence, MD, in a press statement release by ACEP. “The dedication, passion and commitment Dr. Gernsheimer has shown embody the vision of ACEP’s founders and the ideals of our specialty.”

Dr. Gernsheimer is visiting associate professor of emergency medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has been at the medical center since September 2007. Prior to coming to Downstate, Dr. Gernsheimer established the residency program at Lincoln Medical Center in 1981, where he served as the program’s residency director through March 2007.

“Dr. Gernsheimer is one of our core faculty members and an icon in the field of emergency medicine,” said Roger Holt, MD, director of emergency medicine.

Dr. Gernsheimer has received numerous awards for his teaching and his contributions to the practice of emergency medicine, including “Teacher of the Year” and “Physician of the Year” awards from Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Gernsheimer has committed plenty of time and energy to the training the next generation of emergency medicine physicians. His contributions to the specialty of emergency medicine make him a true hero of emergency medicine.

“I am very proud to receive this great honor. I truly believe that all physicians who work in Emergency departments are ‘heroes of emergency medicine,’” said Dr. Gernsheimer. “I am very glad to be working at institutions like University Hospital of Brooklyn and Kings County that give excellent emergency care to a community that really needs it, and a community where I grew up and where I once received emergency medical care.”

 

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