Brown Physicians senior leadership team wins W.W. Keen Award

DR. JACK ELIAS, dean of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, presents the W.W. Keen Award to members of the Brown Physicians senior leadership team during a reunion class dinner at Brown University May 26. From left, Dr. Mark Sigman; Dr. Angela Caliendo; Elias; Dr. Karen Furie; Dr. Louis Rice; and Dr. Abrar Qureshi. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

PROVIDENCE – The Brown Medical Alumni Association named the senior leadership team of Brown Physicians Inc. recipients of the annual W.W. Keen Award during Brown University’s 250th Commencement and Reunion May 26 at the school.

Named in honor of 1859 alumnus and well-known medical professional William Williams Keen, the Keen Award is presented to individuals in recognition of their contributions in the areas of medicine, research, education, leadership, patient care or public health.

Brown Physicians was formed in partnership with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in May 2017 to streamline patient care, research and education in Rhode Island. The physician-led federation is comprised of six distinct practices that include Brown Dermatology, Brown Medicine, Brown Urology, Brown Emergency Medicine, Brown Neurology and University Surgical Associates.

At the time, Brown University President Christina Paxson heralded the new federation as an important step to better serve the local community while at the same time helping to cultivate a thriving biomedical economy in Providence.

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“The BMAA board is presenting its most prestigious honor to the BPI leadership to recognize their vision and their commitment to medical education and research,” said Dr. Philip D. Wey, a 1986 graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School and president of the BMAA board of directors. “At the heart of BPI is a strong desire to improve patient care in Rhode Island, to train the next generation of physicians and to conduct research that will help patients around the world. Their work exemplifies the achievements we celebrate with the Keen Award.”

“We have made significant progress in what we set out to achieve when Brown Physicians Inc. was founded in 2017, and we are honored that our efforts to improve health care outcomes in Rhode Island are being recognized with this distinction,” said Dr. Angela Caliendo, the interim executive director of BPI and vice president of Brown Medicine.

Caliendo, who is also a professor of medicine, is one of seven recipients of the award, which was presented during a Reunion Class Dinner May 26.

The other recipients:

  • Dr. William Cioffi / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

    Dr. William Cioffi, chair of the Department of Surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School, the J. Murray Beardsley professor of surgery and the surgeon-in-chief at Rhode Island Hospital’s Department of Surgery. Cioffi is also the executive surgeon-in-chief at The Miriam Hospital, Providence VA Medical Center and Women & Infants Hospital.

  • Dr. Brian Clyne / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

    Dr. Brian Clyne, a 1997 graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School, interim chair of the Warren Alpert Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine and an associate professor of emergency medicine and medical science.

  • Dr. Karen Furie, a 1987 alumna of Brown University and a 1990 graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School, chair of the Department of Neurology at the Warren Alpert Medical School, the Dr. Samuel I. Kennison and Bertha S. Kennison professor of clinical neuroscience. She also serves as the chief of neurology at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Bradley Hospital.
  • Dr. Abrar Qureshi, chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Warren Alpert Medical School, professor of dermatology and epidemiology and chief of dermatology at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Qureshi is also the executive chief of dermatology at Women & Infants Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.
  • Dr. Louis Rice, chair of the Department of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School, and the Joukowsky Family professor of medicine. Rice is also the physician-in-chief at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, as well as the executive chair of medicine at Women & Infants Hospital and the Providence VA Medical Center.
  • Dr. Mark Sigman is the Krishnamurthi Family professor of urology at Brown University, and the chief of urology at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. Sigman is also a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School and co-director of the Men’s Health Clinic.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.