The Healing Hands Society honors physicians with a history of renowned clinical leadership and service to the community.
From left: Dr. Morton Kramer, Dr. Carole Miller, and Dr. Alan Reisinger III in front of the Healing Hands display wall
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Saint Agnes Hospital today inducted three 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:
Morton D. Kramer, M.D.
It is no exaggeration to say that Dr. Morton Kramer has been at the forefront of his medical specialty - in fact, he was the very first resident in neurology to study at the University of Maryland Hospital, under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Van Buskirk and Dr. Jerome Merlis. Dr. Kramer recalls the groundbreaking work he did there with newly created electroencephalogram technology, interpreting EEG results to diagnose neurological disorders, and fixing the machine by hand when it broke down because the technology was so unique. Dr. Kramer joined Saint Agnes in 1971 to establish the first neurology program with EEG technology in a community-based hospital in Maryland. A graduate of University of Maryland Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, Dr. Kramer developed a passion for teaching throughout his 24 years as Chief of Neurology and Director of the EEG Laboratory at Saint Agnes, from 1971 until 1995. He also maintained his strong ties with University of Maryland until he retired from medicine in 1995, teaching clinical neurology there and bringing University of Maryland residents into clinical rotation at Saint Agnes. With his background in pharmacology, Dr. Kramer was also a valuable asset to the organization as a member of the Pharmacy Committee, and has been active in his wider profession with membership in the American Electroencephalographic Society, American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha among other professional organizations. Dr. Kramer feels that he was extremely fortunate to have been on the cutting edge of his medical field, and has been witness to “unimaginable” advances in neurological science in his time – in the understanding and treatment of epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease, for example. Dr. Kramer is the proud father of two grown children who have followed him into medicine: Andrew, an urologist, and Rachel, an oncologist.
Carole B. Miller, M.D.
Dr. Carole Miller has a passion for oncology research and community service, and she has made a profound contribution to both of these pursuits in her long career. A graduate of University of Maryland School of Medicine, she completed her Oncology Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was on the faculty there for 12 years. Dr. Miller came to Saint Agnes in 2002 to become Director of the Cancer Institute, and has since built the program’s research involvement to more than 30 ongoing clinical trials, many of which have led to important breakthroughs in medical oncology. She is particularly proud of her early work with Gleevac at Hopkins, now widely used as a treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), which led to a broad research program of targeted therapy for blood disorders at Saint Agnes. Following the model developed by Dr. Diana Griffiths for the Breast Center, Dr. Miller led the development of the Cancer Institute into a renowned multidisciplinary program, with both ASCO Quopi Certification and a Certificate of Excellence from the Commission on Cancer. Along with Mary Austin, she led the recent expansion of the Cancer Institute in the Angelos Medical Pavilion. She founded the Baltimore Blood Club for oncologists and hematologists and works with the American Society of Hematology and the Leukemia & Lymphoma society to educate community physicians and patients. She also maintains a very active practice, where she sees more and more long term survivors who are cured of their cancers or living well with cancer. Dr. Miller is a nationally expert on CML and blood cancers, as well as a renowned community health advocate. She was named the 2008 National Woman of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She is chair of the Women’s Leadership Council at the United Way of Central Maryland and has worked with Catholic Charities and the American Red Cross on fundraising. Dr. Miller is the proud mother to two grown children, Lauren and Matthew.
A. Alan Reisinger III, M.D.
Dr. Alan Reisinger has had a far-reaching impact on Saint Agnes Hospital and the practice of primary care in the region with his founding involvement and long-time leadership of the Seton Medical Group, the largest group of employed primary care physicians in the Ascension Health network. A graduate of University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Reisinger completed his training in Internal Medicine at Mercy Medical Center before setting up a private practice and joining the Saint Agnes Medical Staff in 1985. Anticipating future changes in healthcare delivery, in 1995 Saint Agnes leadership tasked Dr. Reisinger with developing an employed primary care physicians’ group, a relatively new concept at the time. After a year traveling nationally to explore different models of primary care delivery, Dr. Reisinger helped to found Seton Medical Group in 1996 – and served as president until he left the group in 2008 to return to private practice under the umbrella of the MDVIP network. He now serves on the national Medical Advisory Board for MDVIP and for Cleveland Heart Lab, and his passion is preventive medicine; in particular, the prevention of strokes, heart attacks and diabetes. Dr. Reisinger served Saint Agnes as a Board Member from 1996-2008, served on a number of hospital and Seton Medical Group committees during that time, and has been a member of the Saint Agnes Legacy Board since last year. He has provided care for many Catholic nuns and sisters, priests, and the Xavarian Brothers over the years. He has been recognized twice by Baltimore Magazine: in 1994 as one of the city’s “Top 20 System-savvy Physicians in Managed Care,” and in 1997 as one of Baltimore’s top three internists. He also appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, discussing “The Future of HealthCare in America” in 1992. Dr. Reisinger is married to his childhood sweetheart, Rae and has three children: Jamie, Eric, and Tony.
About Saint Agnes Hospital
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 296-bed hospital recently completed a $200 million-plus expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and is a full-service teaching hospital with residency programs in medicine and surgery. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute; Cardiovascular Institute; Maryland Metabolic Institute; Orthopedic & Spine Institute; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; and The Bunting Health Institute for Women & Children. Saint Agnes opened the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services. www.stagnes.org
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