The 2012 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards in the early-career physician category honor Theresa A. Soriano, MD, MPH, director of the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She is recognized for her advocacy and leadership in caring for underserved patients and bringing primary and palliative care to those who are homebound.
Under her leadership, the Visiting Doctors Program has created a safety net for more than 1,200 homebound patients and provided a comfortable setting for those who wish to die at home. “The success of the Visiting Doctors Program in providing end-of-life and primary care in a challenging health care environment is the result of Theresa Soriano’s advocacy, her passion for caring for the under-served, and her deep understanding of the importance of the person within the patient,” wrote David Muller, MD, dean for medical education at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in his nomination letter.
Even with her extensive administrative responsibilities, Dr. Soriano is in the trenches, delivering care to homebound patients and their caregivers, mainly in East Harlem and Washington Heights, two of New York’s most underserved neighborhoods. “Whether it is for the patient at the bedside, the trainee struggling to make sense of caring for someone at the end of life, the faculty member delicately balancing doing ‘the right thing’ with the demands of a career in academic medicine, budget negotiations with hospital administration, or lobbying in the state legislature, Dr. Soriano brings to bear her intellect, passion for justice, and keen interpersonal skills to get the job done,” Muller said.
She received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 2001.