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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Dr. Ajay Agarwal Teaching Award

June 6, 2013

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The Dayton VAMC continues to build their reputation as a hospital that provides exceptional care for Veterans, while also providing great educational experiences for future professionals in the health care field. Dr. Ajay Agarwal is the recipient of Kettering Health Network's 2nd Annual Benjamin Schuster Teaching Award for 2012-2013. Dr. Ajay Agarwal is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and the Chief of Cardiology at the Dayton VAMC. In addition to his roles at the Dayton VAMC, he is also an Associate Professor and the Chief of Cardiology at Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine. In his roles at the Dayton VAMC and Wright State's Boonshoft School of Medicine, he teaches all aspects of cardiology including cardiac angiography, echocardiography and general cardiology.

This award is extremely meaningful because students in the residency programs at the Dayton VAMC, Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine, and Kettering Medical Centers are responsible for selecting the professor that they believe had the biggest impact on their career. Dr. Pankaj Sharma, fellow at the Kettering Medical Center's Cardiovascular Fellowship Program, expresses the impact that Dr. Agarwal has had on his career by saying, "Dr. Agarwal is without a doubt one of the best clinicians and teachers that I have met. His approach to patient care and clinical decision making is fascinating. He is truly an asset to our fellowship program and Dayton VA Hospital." Dr Agarwal takes great initiative in assisting his students and mentoring them during their research. Dr. Harvey Hahn, Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program at the Kettering Medical Center, praised Dr. Agarwal by saying, "Dr. Ajay Agarwal is a dedicated teacher and clinician and this award is well deserved."

Dr. Thomas J. Hardy, Chief of Staff at the Dayton VAMC, expresses his appreciation for Dr. Agarwal's efforts by saying "I applaud the recognition that Kettering Health Network has bestowed upon Dr. Agarwal. The strong partnerships the Dayton VA Medical Center has with its community partners has strengthened our ability to provide excellent educational opportunities to doctors in training and the highest quality care to our Veterans." Dr. Glen D. Solomon, Chairman of Internal Medicine at Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine, is also extremely appreciative of Dr. Agarwal's efforts as a teacher. Dr. Solomon goes on to say, "This award is a reflection of Dr. Agarwal's deep commitment to medical education and his skills as a teacher and clinician. Without the dedication and commitment of Dayton VAMC physicians like Dr. Agrawal, the education of our future physicians would be lessened. The Dayton VAMC is a key partner in the Department of Internal Medicine."

Dr. Agarwal attributes the Dayton VAMC's educational success to an environment that stresses ethical decision making. Dr. Agarwal makes a strong effort to teach his attendees and fellows to make the morally right medical decision and practice evidence based medicine.

The Dayton VAMC is very proud to have staff members that contribute to the Dayton community. Please join the Dayton VAMC in congratulating, Dr. Ajay Agarwal for obtaining such an honorable award.