Rajiv Datta, MD, FACS, FRCS, chief of surgery, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY, recently received South Nassau’s 2017 Mary Pearson Award. The award is presented annually to an individual for extraordinary effort and individual contributions that advance the hospital’s mission to provide compassionate care and standard-setting health care services.
Dr. Datta, also medical director, Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center, Valley Stream, NY, and director, division of surgical oncology and head and neck surgery, joined South Nassau in 2001 and has since gained an international reputation for leadership and surgical innovation. His leadership allowed Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center to be equipped with cutting-edge cancer treatment technology, and colleagues and patients recognize Dr. Datta for his surgical skill and compassionate demeanor.
A Haitian immigrant who moved to the U.S. with his family when he was 13 years old, Dr. Ford was drawn to the Miller School of Medicine position because of the University of Miami’s dedication to providing medical resources to Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Dr. Ford regularly visits Haiti to assist in procedures and train surgeons. He performed Haiti’s first separation of conjoined twins in 2015.
Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, clinical professor of surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was awarded the Southeastern Surgical Congress (SESC) Distinguished Service Award in February. The award is the SESC’s highest honor, awarded to a member for their continued contributions, commitment, and service to the Congress.