Miriam’s Peter Karczmar MD Named Physician of the Year
Monday, July 02, 2012
In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Karczmar also served as president of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee for the last two years and is actively involved in many community-based organizations in his South Providence neighborhood.
Leadership, diplomacy, dedication
“During Peter Karczmar’s tenure as president of the hospital’s medical executive committee, he made himself available to an extraordinary number of meetings, committees, and work groups that went far beyond the usual expectations of someone in that role, and he did all that while practicing medicine full-time,” said William Corwin, M.D., senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at The Miriam Hospital.
“His leadership, diplomacy and dedication have been critical at an important time for our hospital. He truly epitomizes all the great characteristics demonstrated by our favorite mentor, Dr. Carpenter, who set the bar so very high for all of us,” he added. “Peter may have just moved the bar up another notch.”
Along with his role on Miriam’s medical staff, Karczmar is a partner in Coastal Medical’s pulmonary and internal medicine group and serves as director of the Coastal Medical Sleep Disorders Center. His practice provides comprehensive care for patients with breathing and sleep disorders., including asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis/interstitial lung disease, work-related lung disease, chronic cough, and lung cancer. The sleep medicine portion of his practice includes care of patients with insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, and parasomnias (abnormal behaviors during sleep).
He is the founder and board president of Taming Asthma, a non-profit clinic located on Providence’s South Side that provides free asthma education and treatment for uninsured residents. Karczmar has also been working to establish a medical clinic in conjunction with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, a nationally recognized organization focusing on eliminating gang-related violence. In recognition for his contributions to the community, Karczmar was awarded the 2011 CHEST Foundation Humanitarian Award by the American College of Chest Physician and has been named a Community Hero by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
An assistant professor of medicine (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Karczmar has received several teaching awards, including the Beckwith Family Award for Outstanding Teaching. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Brown and Rhode Island Hospital.
Karczmar, a native of Warsaw, Poland, resides in the Elmwood section of Providence with his wife Cathy, a veterinarian specializing in feline medicine. He has a passion for wooden sailboats and spends his spare time sailing his two boats on the waters of Narragansett Bay.
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