Dr. Jose Lezama named one of nation's top hospitalists

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USF Health’s Jose Lezama, MD, FACP, has been named one of the nation’s top 10 hospitalists in the November 2009 issue of ACP Hospitalist, a publication of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Lezama, associate professor of internal medicine at USF Health and chief of medicine at the James Haley Veterans’ Hospital, was one of two physicians in the Southeast (and the only one in Florida) to be honored in the journal’s second annual Top Hospitalists issue. A hospitalist is a physician, without a private outside practice, whose time is devoted solely to caring for hospitalized patients.

The journal solicited nominations from its readership – hospital-based internists and third-year medicine residents – last spring and summer, asking for hospitalists making notable contributions to the field of hospital medicine, whether through clinical skills, research, innovation, teamwork, community involvement, improved work flow, patient safety, leadership, mentorship or quality improvement. The editorial board reviewed the nominations and selected the top 10, including Dr. Lezama, who are profiled in the November issue.

“He is an outstanding physician with more dedication to his patients than I have seen in my career from anyone else,” said Alexander I. Reiss, ACP member and a colleague who nominated Dr. Lezama as a Top Hospitalist. “His contributions as an expert at our medical morning report have established him as the ‘go-to guy’ for difficult cases and advice for younger faculty.”

One of the youngest chiefs of medicine in the nation in one of the country’s busiest VA hospitals, Dr. Lezama is known for his ability to motivate and inspire younger physicians. He was among 42 doctors nationwide nominated by his peers for the 2007 Humanism in Medicine Award, sponsored by the American Association of Medical Colleges. His board review series has been instrumental in boosting resident pass rates for the past seven years, and USF internal medicine residents have voted him Teacher of the Year for five years running.

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