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Keshni Ramnanan, MD, receives Young Physician Leadership Award

Release Date: April 28, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Wieman - 608.442.3765 jennifer.wieman@wismed.org

MADISON (April 28, 2015) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored Keshni Ramnanan, MD, with the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison April 25-26. The Viste Award is presented annually to a young physician who demonstrates commitment to patients, the medical profession and the community.

Doctor Ramnanan, a hospitalist with Aurora Medical Center in Summit, Wisconsin, recently completed a term as president of the Waukesha County Medical Society. She also serves as a delegate for the Society’s House of Delegates and has advocated for health policy by participating in Doctor Day at the State Capitol.

In his nomination of Dr. Ramnanan, James Gariti, MD, described her tenure as president as “transformative” and said she is not someone who follows a template in order to get things done.

“She identified needs and worked to meet those needs. During her year of leadership, she increased and broadened participation from physician members and expanded a medical student summer fellowship project into a Safe Saw Initiative that has funded safe saw technology in four Waukesha schools with more planned,” he wrote in his nomination letter. Doctor Gariti succeeded Dr. Ramnanan as president of the Waukesha County Medical Society.

In addition to an engraved award presented to Dr. Ramnanan, the Foundation will contribute $1,000 to Cubic Life Foundation, an organization committed to standing alongside others in their journey toward personal growth and development. Doctor Ramnanan collaborated with Cubic Life on a community wellness day seminar and as an organization, it is well aligned with her passion for helping others.

In accepting her award April 25, Doctor Ramnanan expressed her appreciation to the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Foundation and the Waukesha County Medical Society, and said, “The thing about being a young physician is that you come out of medical school, you come out of residency very naïve about what’s out there and one of the things that the Waukesha County Medical Society did for me was open my eyes to the broader perspective of what medicine can offer and how I can actually put myself in a place to impact my patients on a statewide and national perspective.”

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, chartered in 1955 as a charitable organization, works to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting medical and health education and statewide public health initiatives.

With more than 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.