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Dr. Dhiraj Shah Receives Pillars Award

ALBANY, N.Y., June 14, 2012 —Albany Medical Center Vascular Surgeon Dhiraj Shah, M.D.,  has  received one of Albany Medical Center’s highest honors—the  Pillars Award—in recognition of the work he has done over more than three decades to reflect the Medical Center’s mission.

James J. Barba, president and chief executive officer of Albany Med, said, “Dhiraj Shah has had an extraordinary impact on the practice of medicine in Albany and throughout the country as well as on so many people he has treated and worked with over his long and distinguished career.”

The Pillars Award is given annually by Albany Med to individuals who epitomize the spirit of the Medical Center and whose sustaining work and contributions reflect the essential community-based nature of its mission.

Barba, who called Dr. Shah a “remarkable physician whose skills as a surgeon are legendary,” credited Dr. Shah with helping to build the capabilities of the vascular practice at Albany Med. 
The Vascular Group, under Dr. Shah’s leadership, is one of the largest providers of vascular health care in the world, performing more of certain types of vascular procedures than any other singular institution.

Last year, Albany Med and the Vascular Group worked together to open a Vascular ICU in the hospital – one of very few in the country – to provide specialized care to patients as they recover. 
In addition, Dr. Shah and his colleagues lecture all over the world, and formed the Albany Vascular International Academy, which recently hosted its first fellow from abroad.  Through the Academy, seasoned physicians from around the globe are selected to train with vascular surgeons, observe procedures in our hospital and learn at Albany Medical College. 

Dr. Shah completed his internship in surgery at Dacca Medical College in Dacca, Bangladesh. He also completed an internship at Albany Memorial Hospital, his residency at St. Peter’s Hospital, and a fellowship in trauma research at Albany Medical College. He is board certified in both general and vascular surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a professor of surgery at Albany Medical College. Dr. Shah has held positions including director of the Karmody Vascular Laboratory, vice chair of the Department of Surgery at Albany Medical College and director of the Institute for Vascular Health and Disease. He is currently a partner and vice president of the Vascular Group, PLLC. 

Previous winners of the Pillars award include: Carl Touhey, Richard Sonneborn, Dr. Neil Lempert, Dr. A. John Popp, Dr. Henry Pohl, Jean Hopkins, Dr. Mary Kahl, Dr. John Balint, Dr. Martha Lepow, Arnold Cogswell, Dr. Ian Porter, Dr. Robert Laffin, Dr. David Goodman, Jann Luniewski, Dr. John Carter, and Thomas Foggo.

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