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Back Bay resident honored with 'physician excellence' award

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  December 18, 2012 11:53 AM

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Back Bay resident Edward Bernstein, MD

A Back Bay resident has been honored for his work as a mentor, leader, teacher, researcher, and physician at Boston Medical Center.

Edward Bernstein, an emergency medicine physician at Boston Medical Center has been named the recipient of the 2012 Jerome Klein Award for Physician Excellence.

Bernstein, who is also a professor of emergency medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and the vice chairman of academic affairs for the school, was selected by a senior committee of BMC and BUSM physicians for the award.

Established to honor BMC pediatrician Jerome Klein for his 50 years of service to the hospital, the award is given to a physician who mirrors Klein’s commitment and service as a mentor, leader, teacher, researcher and clinician.

“Ed is certainly a most worthy recipient and I am very appreciative for all that he has done for BMC and for our patients over his 25 years here,” Ravin Davidoff, chief medical officer at BMC, who presented the award, said in a statement.

Throughout his career, Bernstein has incorporated public health into emergency medicine by focusing on interventions to reduce substance abuse, the hospital said.

He co-founded Project ASSERT (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, Education, and Referral to Treatment), which helps patients gain access to treatment for substance abuse and primary care services.

He also expanded the project into the BNI-ART Institute, which provides training for health care providers to help patients overcome barriers to changing harmful behaviors, such as smoking or drug use.

Bernstein serves as co-director of BNI-ART Institute/Project ASSERT at Boston University School of Public Health.

Before coming to Boston, Bernstein founded the emergency medicine residency program at the University of New Mexico.

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