Media release: Dr. John Kirkland, a Vascular Surgeon with Harbin Clinic, recently received the 2021 Excellence in Community Service Award from the Society for Vascular Surgery. Over the past four decades, he has been instrumental in bringing modern vascular surgery to Rome and beyond.
The Excellence in Community Service Award honors professionals who work in the community practice setting and demonstrate outstanding leadership as a practicing vascular surgeon. Dr. Kirkland was one of only three vascular surgeons to receive this award. Chosen individuals show exceptional personal integrity and reflect the highest standards of the profession.
Practicing at Harbin Clinic since 1978, Dr. Kirkland has dedicated his time to helping the greater Rome community. In collaboration with a colleague, Dr. Kirkland established a multi-specialty vascular program in Rome. It included the first dedicated vascular surgery practice in Georgia outside of Atlanta. The program also brings vascular care provided by vascular surgeons to the tri-state area of North Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. This development led to the first accredited Vascular Laboratory in Georgia and the first Hybrid Operating Room in the southeast.
Partnering with a local community college, Dr. Kirkland also assisted in developing accredited training programs for Registered Vascular Technologists (RVTs). The accredited training programs have resulted in full training for over 100 RVTs. Working through the state Certificate of Need Program, Dr. Kirkland and a colleague authorized and developed a cardiac surgery program at a local Rome hospital in 1986, the first new program in Georgia in over 20 years.
“I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to start the first dedicated outpatient vein center in this region,” said Dr. Kirkland. “In 2017, I was privileged to develop a Transitional Year Residency Program at a local Rome hospital where I was named program director. Along the way, my goal has been to bring awareness of vascular disease among the medical staff and community at large.”
This award is presented at the Vascular Annual Meeting each year. Though Dr. Kirkland was unable to attend the meeting, he had someone receive the award on his behalf. This year marked the 39th Vascular Annual Meeting and was held in San Diego, California in August 2021. The schedule for the meeting consisted of presentations on the latest information about preventing vascular disease, mitigating its effects and improving patient care.
To learn more about Harbin Clinic vascular care, visit www.harbinclinic.com.
Harbin Clinic Internal Medicine physician Dr. Amar Singh was recently honored with receiving the Georgia Chapter’s 2021 community-based teaching award. This award comes from the American College of Physicians (ACP) and recognizes medical physicians who have volunteered their time to prepare and educate medical students and residents. Individuals selected for this award serve as role models for excellence in patient care and professionalism.
Nominated for this award by students, residents, and peers, Dr. Singh has made a direct impact on those around him through his passion for caring completely for patients and promoting excellence in the field. Dr. Singh specifically received high praise from his students and residents at the Medical College of Georgia as well as Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Singh has devoted his time to teaching the next generation of medical professionals as they prepare for roles in direct patient care.
A physician of Harbin Clinic since 2002, Dr. Singh has been an influential caregiver in the Rome community. Dr. Singh specializes in Internal Medicine, Obesity Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He has received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), to name a few. More recently, Dr. Singh has created a weight management program to promote healthier habits in order to reduce patient risk of chronic diseases.
The ACP, founded in 1915, is a diverse community of internal medicine specialists and subspecialists from across the globe. It currently consists of over 161,000 members in several different countries, making it the largest medical-specialty society in the world. Members of the ACP lead the medical profession in educating future physicians and enhancing the quality of care for patients.
To learn more about Singh Internal Medicine, visit www.harbinclinic.com.