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MDAdvantage Announces 2017 Recipients of Prestigious Excellence in Medicine Awards

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Lawrenceville,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease) December 20, 2016

MDAdvantage Insurance Company, a leading provider of medical professional liability insurance, today announced the 2017 Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine award recipients.

The Excellence in Medicine Awards are named after Edward J. Ill, MD, a New Jersey physician who was a pioneer in promoting continuing education in ways that set the national standard. This annual event that dates back to 1939 has been sponsored by MDAdvantage Insurance Company since 2003.

Patricia A. Costante, Chairman and CEO of MDAdvantage, stated, “MDAdvantage is proud to again sponsor the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Awards®. Being able to recognize all the progress that has been made in healthcare since the awards were first bestowed in 1939 is an honor and a privilege for all of us involved. My hope is that by highlighting these advances, we are able to inspire the healthcare providers and leaders of tomorrow.”

The 2017 Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Honorees:

Outstanding Medical Educator Award: John W. Sensakovic, MD, PhD, Infectious disease specialist, Associate Dean for Residencies and Fellowships, Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences/Seton Hall University-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, and Director of Infection Control and Continuing Medical Education, JFK Medical Center

Outstanding Healthcare Executive Award: Alexander J. Hatala, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lourdes Health System

Edward J. Ill Physician’s Award®: Maria Soto-Greene, MD, MS-HPEd, Vice Dean and Professor of Medicine and Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Verice M. Mason Community Service Leader Award: Chantal Brazeau, MD, Professor and Interim Chair of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Faculty Vitality, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
On behalf of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Student Family Health Care Center

Outstanding Scientist Award: Larry Hirsch, MD, Worldwide Vice President, Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care, BD  

Outstanding Scientist Award: Nancy D. Connell, PhD, Professor and Director of Research and Director, Center for BioDefense, Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Pathogens, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Peter W. Rodino, Jr., Citizen’s Award®: Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Founding Executive Director/CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Partners, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the RWJBarnabas Health System


Paul J. Hirsch, MD, Chairman of the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Foundation, said, “As healthcare leaders, we have an obligation to pave the way for future healthcare providers so that they may continue the tradition of quality healthcare delivery and innovation in our state. The Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Foundation and MDAdvantage are grateful for the support of our contributors, advertisers and, most especially, the Excellence in Medicine Scholarship Honor Roll members, who step up with significant annual contributions to support the scholarship fund.”

This year’s awards will be presented at the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Awards® ceremony on May 3, 2017, at Park Château Estate and Gardens in East Brunswick, New Jersey. All profits from the event will be dedicated to support seven medical and healthcare student scholarships. To reserve tickets, participate as a Scholarship Honor Roll member, place an ad in this year’s awards journal or make a direct contribution, please contact the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Foundation at 609-803-2350 or visit


The awards program is sponsored by MDAdvantage Insurance Company, a leading provider of medical professional liability insurance. For more information on MDAdvantage, call 888-355-5551 or visit

Janet Puro
MDAdvantage Insurance Company
VP, Corporate Communications & Business Development

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