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Holy Spirit names Jho 2021 Physician of the Year

Holy Spirit Medical Center presented Dr. Diana Jho with the 2021 Physician of the Year award during its annual National Doctors’ Day Appreciation Breakfast on March 30.

“It feels incredible. I appreciate being recognized,” Jho, a neurosurgeon, said of the award, noting that COVID-19 has presented unique challenges for all health care providers.

“This last year has been very difficult for everybody: the extra stresses, not seeing patients face-to-face and trying to make sure we take care of patients the best we can within the limitations created by the pandemic,” she said. “We appreciate all the support we get.”

A group of physicians and nurses selected Jho for the award after reviewing each nominee’s qualifications without knowledge of their identities.

One of Jho’s nominators referenced the fact that she “has been a strong leader and advocate for the burgeoning neurosurgery program at Holy Spirit.” Another said “Dr. Jho is an excellent provider who always has the patient’s best interest in mind. She has an awesome bedside manner that never goes unnoticed by patients and staff.”

A woman dressed in a white blouse, black veil and tunic and wearing glasses and a blue face mask, bumps elbows with a woman dressed in a white coat and wearing glasses, an orange face mask and ponytail.

Dr. Diana Jho, right, gets a congratulatory elbow bump from Sister Mary Joseph Albright, vice president of mission integration, after Jho won Holy Spirit Medical Center’s 2021 Physician of the Year award.

“She has taught me so much over the past few months and is always very patient. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this than her,” said a new graduate provider, who also nominated Jho.

In presenting the award, Dr. Bret DeLone, vice president of medical affairs, noted that the pandemic presented a first for physicians who have faced “a real enemy” in COVID-19.

“It not only made people sick, but it made it so much harder for us to do our jobs,” he said. “I’ve never been prouder than this last year of all our physicians’ work. Congratulations to everybody.”

Dr. Benyam Tegene, a Behavioral Health psychiatrist, and Dr. Ravi Athwani, a hospitalist, were runners-up for the award.

Other nominees included:

  • Gregory Arnone, Neurosurgery
  • Salina Bari, Family Practice
  • Dan Galvan, Trauma
  • Angela Soto Hamlin, Breast Surgery
  • Mary Higgins, Women’s Health
  • Chris Kahlenborn, Hospitalist Services
  • Sang Kim, Cardiology
  • Elena Kozochonok, Neurology
  • James Leaming, Emergency Medicine
  • Alireza Mansouri, Neurosurgery
  • S. Vincent Park, Cardiology
  • Chinh Pham, General Surgery
  • Travis Treadway, Family Practice

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