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Residents Award Winners of Attending of the Year and Staff Member of the Year

Updated: 7/8/2014

UB|MD Pediatrics is pleased to announce the following award recipients for 2014: Attending of the Year, Mahmoud Kallash, MD and Staff Member of the Year, Pattrick Felder-Barker!

Each year during their closing party, UB|MD Pediatrics Residents award one attending and one staff member with the distinguished titles of Attending of the Year and Staff Member of the Year. Residents are asked to nominate the individuals that they believe are deserving of the titles, and selections are made based on the total number of nominations.

Dr. Kallash, an attending in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, has only been on staff for one year; yet he’s already established himself as an excellent teacher. Dr. Kallash is “committed to education and to sharing information with medical students and residents regarding his area of expertise in a way that promotes learning and asking of questions,” said one resident. Some residents commented that Dr. Kallash would set aside time every day to teach them, even when he was not scheduled as the teaching attending for that month. Described by his students as one who cares deeply for his patients, is humble and never intimidating Dr. Kallash is known for his attentiveness and patience, taking the time to check in with the floor team, discuss the plan for the patient and address any concerns or questions. “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Kallash on our team,” said Teresa Quattrin, MD, Pediatrician in-Chief at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and UB Distinguished Professor, A. Conger Goodyear Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo.

Pattrick Felder-Barker, Unit Secretary on Variety 10, is described as one of the most organized people in the entire hospital. Several residents commented on how helpful Pattrick is in teaching them how to place orders, contact specialists and coordinate outpatient follow-up. “She goes above and beyond her responsibilities to help patients, residents, and all doctors and nurses and always has everyone’s best interest in mind,” said one resident. Dr. Quattrin echoed that statement, “Pattrick is a real asset to our hospital and a role model for us all.”

Congratulations to you both!