Maimonides Health hosted its sixth annual Evening of Research event at the Dyker Beach Club. The event celebrates the innovative and groundbreaking research led by the hospital’s fellows, nurses, and residents.

The Evening of Research event, a joyous occasion that brings the Maimonides community together, to celebrate the culmination of year-long research that explores areas, such as the impact of social determinants on health outcomes, process improvement in hospital readmissions, and opioid best practices. This year, five projects were chosen as winners from over 80 submissions. The honorees include:

  • Catsim Fassassi, DO, for his study comparing three different dosing regimens of nebulized ketamine in the emergency department.
  • Tamar Motov, MSN, RN, CNL, for her research on an initiative to improve outcomes for patients experiencing sepsis in the emergency department.
  • Rubaiat Ahmed, MD, for his review examining analgesic prescribing practices in the emergency department.
  • Mitchell K. Ng, MD, for his quantitative analysis of YouTube as a reliable resource for certain health care information.
  • Rosanna Li, PharmD, for her research on candidemia’s impact at three Brooklyn hospitals.

“We are proud of the staff at Maimonides Health who are leading such important research projects across various yet equally important areas that impact the health of our community,” said Kenneth E. Gibbs, President and CEO of Maimonides Health. “The projects and individuals recognized tonight are yet another indication of Maimonides’ commitment to excellence in research and our steadfast dedication to advancing the health of all Brooklynites.”

As a part of the event, two distinguished honorees were awarded the academic achievement awards. The honorees include:

  • Austin Schlecker, MD, was given the Lifetime Academic Achievement Award posthumously in celebration of his 65-year career as an internist in Brooklyn, and to recognize his many contributions to the medical field.
  • Sergey Motov, MD, was presented with the Austin A. Schlecker Academic Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of non-opioid pain management and for his development of the foundations for the nascent Maimonides Research Institute.

“We can’t thank Dr. Schlecker and Dr. Motov enough for their exceptional contributions and unwavering commitment to championing life-changing research at Maimonides,” said Gibbs. “Their dedication to health and patient care mirrors our longstanding commitment to investing in solutions that will help advance the level of care available in the borough and beyond.”

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