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Frank S. Darras, M.D., Professor of Urology
James A. Vosswinkel, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery

Credit: Jeanne Neville
Frank S. Darras, M.D., Professor of Urology, and James A. Vosswinkel, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, were selected by their faculty peers as the recipients of this year's Stony Brook University Physicians Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. The awards were presented by Mark Sedler, M.D., Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, School of Medicine, and Chair of the Clinical Practice Management Plan (CPMP) Board, the governing board of the School's faculty practice plan during the Board of Directors meeting at Stony Brook University.

Established in 2009 under the auspices of the CPMP Practice Committee, the SBU Physicians Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice recognizes School of Medicine faculty who exemplify a sustained commitment to excellence in patient care. The selection committee, comprised of Practice Committee members, sought nominations of physicians who have demonstrated a strong clinical role, excellent patient satisfaction and collegial working relationships, as well as an engagement in delivering outstanding care to patients.

“Drs. Darras and Vosswinkel exemplify the mission of physicians in academic medicine by delivering outstanding and compassionate care to patients, communicating well to patients and colleagues, and training other physicians in their area of medical expertise,” says Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., Vice President of the Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine.

Darras joined the Department of Urology in 2004. He is the Medical Director of Transplantation Services for the Department. Board certified in urology, Darras received his medical doctorate from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Illinois. He completed his residency in urology at Northwestern University and completed a fellowship in renal transplantation at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Darras' clinical interests include adrenal gland diseases, kidney cancer, adult and pediatric kidney transplantation, kidney stones and prostate diseases.

Vosswinkel joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery in 2002. He is the Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Stony Brook University Hospital and Chief of Trauma and Critical Care for the Department. Board certified in surgery and surgical critical care, Vosswinkel received his medical degree from the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and completed his residency training in general surgery at Stony Brook. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in trauma/surgical critical care at Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut. Vosswinkel's clinical interests include traumatology, conventional and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery as well as the pre- and post-operative critical care of adult surgical patients.

“As Director of the surgical intensive care unit, Dr. Vosswinkel had an enormous impact on quality outcomes and reduced complications rates of the SICU (Surgical Intensive Care Unit),” said Todd Rosengart, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery. “He has worked tirelessly to create an enhanced service-oriented focus as noted by our quality assurance team. With Jim as Director, collegiality between physicians, nurses, residents, and staff members in the SICU has increased – an accomplishment worth noting.”

“Dr. Darras is an outstanding role model for residents and faculty,” said Wayne Waltzer, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Urology. “He has been instrumental in the continued growth and quality of our transplant service and is commended for his significant role in improving patient outcomes.

“Dr. Darras has shown a tremendous commitment to excellence and service to patients,” Waltzer added, noting the many letters received from patients and family members by the Department of Urology expressing their gratitude for his clinical expertise and compassionate care.

About Stony Brook University Medical Center:
Stony Brook University Medical Center is Long Island’s premier academic medical center. With 597 beds, it serves as the region's only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Center, Cancer Center, the Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, the Institute for Advanced Neurosciences, and the Gastroenterology Program. Stony Brook provides Suffolk County's only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation's first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicalcenter.org.
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