Saint Agnes Hospital today inducted four physicians into the hospital’s Healing Hands Society. The Healing Hands Society was created in 2009 to honor the hospital’s leading physicians that have a history of providing renowned clinical leadership and service to the community.
In addition, a recognition wall, home to cast imprints of each inducted physician’s hands, was designed to create a comforting space where patients, hospital associates, and future generations of physicians can place their hands in those of our honored physicians and experience a spiritual connection.
"Saint Agnes Hospital has been blessed with a long history of excellent clinical leadership. This honorary membership group celebrates those who have excelled in clinical excellence, innovation, leadership, and service to our community,” said Bonnie Phipps, president and CEO of Saint Agnes Healthcare. "We are honored to celebrate the achievements of this year's new Healing Hands Society inductees."
The new members of the Healing Hands Society are as follows:
B. Gregory C. Fernandopulle, M.D.
Dr. Gregory C. Fernandopulle has spent his entire medical career seeking to unlock the puzzle of the human mind, particularly among children. As a medical student at the University of Sri Lanka, he was drawn to psychiatry because he was fascinated with “how people think and why,” and arrived in the United States in 1969 to train as a resident in Psychiatry at the Seton Psychiatric Institute. He was awarded the Bartemeier Memorial Award in 1971 for meritorious service as a resident. After completing a fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, where he was named Chief Resident, Dr. Fernandopulle joined Saint Agnes in 1973, and became Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 1974 until 2000. His contributions to medical education include teaching at Johns Hopkins from 1974 until the present, and serving nine years on the faculty of Georgetown Medical School. He has spent countless hours working in the community to help children with psychological issues, serving as a consultant in Baltimore County Public Schools and in Anne Arundel County Mental Health Services. He has also worked extensively with Catholic clergy who are experiencing psychiatric difficulties in counseling for Associated Catholic Charities, Little Sisters of the Poor, and as the Clinical Director at the Counseling Center for Religious and Clergy in Catonsville. Dr. Fernandopulle passionately believes that his Catholic identity has enriched his psychiatric practice, and has been a beacon to his patients as well. “I find spirituality in counseling to be an important part of my practice,” he said. “For me, it is Catholicism, but my patients express their spirituality in different ways, and I try to help them use that strength to grow stronger in the psychological sense.” Dr. Fernandopulle has held leadership roles in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Baltimore City Medical Society, Maryland Psychiatric Society, and the American Psychiatric Society. He has also held leadership positions in the Sri Lankan community in the United States. Dr. Fernandopulle is married to Sulochana, and has two children: Rushika and Anushka.
George Thomas Grace, M.D.
Dr. George T. Grace is passionate about helping his patients look and feel better, and believes it is important to teach others in his profession as well. “Medicine is an apprenticeship,” he says. “It took 11 years of training for me to do this, and so many people helped me, so many looked out for me, that I am compelled to do the same for those coming up after me.” Dr. Grace earned his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine before completing a residency in general surgery there, where he served as Chief Administrative Resident, followed by training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Medical College of Virginia. He joined the Saint Agnes Medical Staff in 1990, and in 2005 assumed a leadership role as the Chief of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Grace has been honored for his teaching with two Surgical Specialty Teacher of the Year Awards, in 1991 and 1993, and was recognized for his overall contributions to Saint Agnes with the Seton Award in 2010. His medical peers have nominated him as one of Baltimore’s “Top Doctors” in 1997 and again in 2011, and he was the recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award from University of Maryland at Baltimore County in 1998. Dr. Grace is a trusted member of many hospital committees, because he believes that it is important to contribute to the “high level of collegiality” which makes Saint Agnes such a special place. He has had a profound impact in the community as well, as the co-founder of Leadership Through Athletics and Maryland Sure Shots, as well as long term involvement in the Cardinal Gibbons and Mt. DeSales Academy School Boards. He has taken his skills internationally in recent years, joining medical missions to Peru and Guatemala to help children and adults overcome the stigma and health concerns caused by facial deformities. Dr. Grace is married to Terri and has six children: Tommy, Molly, Maggie, Sally, Annie, and Denny.
Jai Sung Lee, M.D.
When Dr. Jai Lee joined the Saint Agnes Department of Anesthesiology in 1970, their administrative space was so small that they could not fit all 9 anesthesiologists in the same room for a meeting. When he left after more than 34 years, in 2004, the department had expanded to 27 physician anesthesiologists trained in cutting edge medical technology, working in Operating Rooms which had been completely renovated and expanded twice. Dr. Lee received his medical degree in his native Korea, at The College of Medicine at Seoul National University. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center before joining the Saint Agnes Medical Staff in 1970 as an attending anesthesiologist. His work with Saint Agnes included serving as department chair from 1985 until 2004, and Dr. Lee also remained active in teaching at Johns Hopkins University, and served as a clinical preceptor for UCLA’s Medical Acupuncture for Physicians Program from 1996 until 2001. Dr. Lee has led in clinical excellence with his invention of the Intuboscope in 1997, an endoscopic instrument for airway management which was a precursor to modern video-assisted laryngoscopes. He has become renowned nationally in the areas of airway management as well as alternative medicine, as a member of the Scientific Review Committee for grant applications at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and as a frequent presenter and advocate for medical acupuncture in pain relief. In his current role as full-time faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Lee was honored last year with the Service Excellence Award for his work and dedication to clinical education. His philosophy on teaching and practice is simple and profound: “To be a true team leader, you must also be a cheerleader, coach, manager – but most importantly, you must be a player as well. So I work as hard as I expect others to work, maybe harder.” Dr. Lee is married to Julie, and has three children: Jane, Gregory, and Gerard.
Joseph H. Miller, M.D.
Dr. Joseph Miller believes in the adage of “see one, do one, teach one” and has lived it as a clinical leader in Pulmonary Medicine and a lifelong educator in his specialty. He earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before training as a resident in Internal Medicine at Philadelphia General Hospital followed by a fellowship in Pulmonary Disease at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Miller joined Saint Agnes in 1970 as Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, and held that leadership position for more than 36 years, until 2006. In that capacity, he oversaw the modernization of St Agnes pulmonary medical care, including lung diagnostic procedures, such as flexible bronchoscopy and fine needle lung biopsy, pulmonary function testing, mechanical ventilation, respiratory care, sleep medicine and intensive care. From his earliest days at the hospital Dr. Miller has been active in teaching and mentoring medical residents, students, and other health care professionals through patient rounds, conferences and grand rounds. “There is continuity in medical training, and an obligation to hand the baton to the next class of physicians,” he explained. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians, and he served as President of the Maryland Thoracic Society. His devotion to his community and faith is seen in his role as a board member of the former Jewish Family and Children's Services, THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and the Beth Tfiloh Congregation. He was awarded the Saint Agnes Seton Founders’ Award in 1999, in recognition for his service to the hospital and those in need at the Community Care Pulmonary Clinic. He received the Emile R. Mohler, Jr., M.D., Distinguished Service award in 2006 for his “outstanding teaching, compassionate patient care, and unsurpassed dedication to resident education and development.” Also, in 2006 he was recognized by the Medical Staff for his years of service. Dr. Miller is married to Ellen, and has two children, Leslie and Edward.
About Saint Agnes Hospital
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 314-bed hospital currently undergoing a $200+ million expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Md. and is a full service teaching hospital with residency programs in a number of medical and surgical specialties. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute, Cardiovascular Institute, Maryland Metabolic Institute, Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Women’s & Children’s Health Institute. Saint Agnes pioneered the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services.