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Dr. Austin, Dr. Epstein recognized with Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Gregory Austin and Dr. Alan Epstein were recently recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by the medical staff of Roger Williams Medical Center. The award is presented annually to physicians from Roger Williams Medical who have made significant contributions to the medical staff, hospitals, and patient care.

The Distinguished Service Awards were presented to the two physicians on December 7, 2015 at the annual medical staff holiday party.

About the physician honorees:

Dr. Gregory Austin is a surgeon from Orthopaedic Associates, specializing in hand surgery. He graduated from Princeton University and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency and a hand surgery fellowship at Tufts University/New England Medical Center. Dr. Austin has been on the staff of both Roger Williams and Fatima since 1987. He previously served as Chief at Fatima and has been taking emergency calls for patients needing hand surgery at one CharterCARE hospital or the other for more than 25 years. He currently serves as President of the Rhode Island Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Alan Epstein is Director of Gastroenterology at Roger Williams Medical Center, a position he has held since 1992. He graduated from Harvard University and then Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Epstein completed his internship, residency and fellowship in Gastroenterology, all from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. In September, he was recognized as the American Liver Foundation’s “Medical Partner of the Year.”  At this event, Dr. Epstein was honored for his 23 years as an active member of the American Liver Foundation’s New England Division’s Medical Advisory Committee. He was also recognized as medical chairman of several Liver Life Walk fundraisers and for his advocacy for treatment, education, and funding for liver-related causes.

“We are proud to honor these medical professionals, each of whom embodies the qualities of an outstanding physician,” said Lester Schindel, CEO of CharterCARE Health Partners. “Our hospitals – and more importantly, our community – has benefited greatly from their expertise, dedication and compassion.”

Lester Schindel, CEO, Dr. Alan Epstein, Kim O'Connell, president, Dr. Gregory Austin, and Dr. Cynthia Alves, medical staff president.