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Dr. Gebara Honored By BMC Staff
April 7, 2010



PITTSFIELD, MA - In conjunction with National Doctors Day, the staff of Berkshire Medical Center has recognized Wade Gebara, MD, Medical Director of the BMC Radiation Oncology Department, with its Most Patient-Centered Physician award for 2010. Dr. Gebara was honored during a special breakfast reception held for the entire medical staff at BMC on April 2nd.

“Dr. Gebara is an exceptional physician who brings a very personal touch to all of his interactions with patients and their families, and with the hospital’s staff,” said Kelly. “Every day he cares for patients who are facing the largest challenge of their lives, and he provides them with truly genuine compassion, encouragement and emotional support, in addition to his remarkable clinical skills.”

The staff of Berkshire Medical Center submitted nominations for the award. They chose to honor Dr. Gebara, among the many fine physicians on staff at BMC based on his actions as a role model and physician leader who demonstrates caring through quality interactions with others. The award focuses on communicating with patients and families, involving patients in health care decisions, taking the time to talk with patients and listen to their concerns, and working collaboratively and respectfully with all other members of the care team so that everyone can do their very best in addressing patient care issues. These behaviors exemplify a growing philosophical belief that all care activities must be centered around the patients’ needs, rather than hospital or individual routines and schedules.

Among the numerous nominations for Dr. Gebara, one BMC employee noted, “On a daily basis, Dr. Gebara demonstrates a professional, caring attitude to all of his patients and their families. All of his patients have received the three most devastating words – you have cancer. When he interacts with patients and families in explaining treatment options, he is always forthright and provides emotional support.”

The criteria for nomination included citing a physician who demonstrates respect for individuals in interactions with patients, their loved ones and staff colleagues, taking the time to answer all questions posed by the patient, family and nurses, has demonstrated ability to alleviate patients’ fear and anxiety and frequently involves family and friends in patient care. Additionally, the physician was selected for promoting teamwork and communication among various disciplines, encouraging and enhancing positive staff relationships.

Dr. Gebara joined BMC in 2001 and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in Radiation Therapy and completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, where he was Chief Resident from 1996 to 1997.

Previous recipients of the Patient Centered Physician Award are Drs. Robert Wespiser, Richard Perera, Todd Lasner, Ronald Hayden, Paula Aucoin and Andrew Beckwith.

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