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Two EM Faculty Receive NYP’s 2021 Physician of the Year Award

Drs. Brenna Farmer and Peter Steel have been named the 2021 Physician of the Year at NYP-Lower Manhattan Hospital and NYP-Weill Cornell Medical Center respectively.

The annual award is presented by Departments of Nursing across all of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s main campuses.  It celebrates collegiality, collaboration, and physicians’ contributions to NYP’s nursing practice.  The award is given to physicians who show competence and compassion in the clinical setting and cooperate with Nursing to attain the highest standards of quality patient care.

Dr. Farmer, site director at NYP-Lower Manhattan ED and vice chair of Quality and Patient Safety, was honored for her “extraordinary leadership, teamwork and collaboration.”  While Dr. Steel, vice chair of clinical services and assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine, was awarded for his “engagement, collaborative nature, and support for interdisciplinary teams within the organization.”

Both Drs. Farmer and Steel played key roles in leading the Department of Emergency Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s response through the unprecedented challenges presented by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

In accepting the award, both Drs. Farmer and Steel acknowledged the critical contributions of nursing and other services, including patient care, transport, social services, environmental services, laboratory and radiology services, to the success of the emergency department. “I can’t thank everyone enough for this recognition…it’s not only me being recognized but my entire team and this entire hospital,” Dr. Farmer said. For his part, Dr. Steel said, “the dignity, the good spirits, the gentle grace with which you performed your task in the emergency department became my inspiration.” 

The Department of Emergency Medicine congratulates Drs. Farmer and Steel on this prestigious honor.

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