Paul Leand, M.D., (retired) is one of the doctors tapped for this honor. Leand earned a reputation as one of the finest surgeons at Johns Hopkins before joining GBMC, which rose in stature and prestige simply because he was on staff. Leand was named a "Top Doc" by Baltimore magazine in three different surgical specialties — thoracic, vascular and general.
"Not only was he an outstanding surgeon and physician, but he demanded the same degree of excellence from everyone else that he worked with," Tucker said. "He understood that he needed an entire team of excellent physicians to take care of his patients the way he cared for them at Hopkins. His standards did not change just because he was now at a community hospital. He made not only his patients better, but everyone else at the hospital better."
Malonnie Kinnison, M.D., an interventional radiologist at GBMC, also made the Titans of Care list. "She represents, for me, the kind of physician who said 'I can do at GBMC the very complex but very helpful procedures that normally are only found in the most advanced tertiary care centers,'" Tucker said. "Very ill patients, who normally might need to be transferred elsewhere, or who might need a risky operation, could now be better and more safely managed by Dr. Kinnison's interventional techniques."
As part of the countdown to the 50th anniversary, GBMC will plan and execute a variety of celebratory events and recognitions, concluding with a gala event on Oct. 2, which marks 50 years to the day since GBMC's groundbreaking ceremony in 1965. The Physician Titans of Care inductees will be honored at the gala.
"We are truly honored to recognize these amazing 50 doctors from the GBMC HealthCare family as our inaugural Physician Titans of Care," said Bonnie B. Stein, chair of the GBMC HealthCare Board of Directors.