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Saint Peter’s Physician Receives International Recognition

Saint Peter’s University Hospital announced that Nayan K. Kothari, MD, MACP, FRCP (Edin), chief academic officer, has received the Presidential Medal for Excellence in Medical Education from The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE).

RCPE facilitates the professional development of physicians by establishing independent quality standards for healthcare delivery with its main goal to improve patient care. The President’s Medal is announced once a year by the college to acknowledge the excellent work one has accomplished within their community. Kothari is the first person outside of the United Kingdom to receive the President’s Medal.

Kothari’s commitment to medical education is an integral part of his medical practice. He is the former chairman of the Department of Medicine and former program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. He is a member of the board of The Society of Bedside Medicine, a global community of physician educators dedicated to bedside teaching and improving physical examination and diagnostic skills. The organization aims to foster a culture of bedside medicine and patient-centered care through deliberate practice and teaching by encouraging innovation in education and research regarding the role of the clinical encounter in 21st century medicine. Kothari is currently Governor of the New Jersey Southern Region of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists. ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States working to support the physician-patient relationship and the profession of internal medicine.

“During his over 50-year career at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Dr. Kothari has had enormous impact in many ways, especially in medical education having taught future generations of physicians,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “As the recipient of the prestigious President’s Medal, Dr. Kothari is highly respected within the international medical community. We are very proud of his many accomplishments.”

Kothari was instrumental in establishing Saint Peter’s Simulation Center for Interprofessional Learning. The Simulation Center promotes the development of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Within the Center, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare personnel participate in supervised, hands-on training in practices and procedures, in dealing with complex and newly introduced protocols that can save lives, and maintenance of certifications.

Kothari, who completed his residency at Saint Peter’s and is board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology, and geriatrics, is a graduate of Mysore Medical College in India. He became a recipient of the Mastership in the American College of Physicians (MACP) in 2014. Kothari has received several teaching awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Drexel University College of Medicine, the Edward J. III Outstanding Medical Education Award from the Excellence in Medicine Foundation, and the Academic Award from the Middlesex County Medical Society.

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