For the Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — The Western Maryland Health System named Dr. Murtaza Amir as Physician of the Year during its annual Physician Recognition Gala, which was held recently at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Narayan Saheta received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dr. Christopher Haas was honored as an outstanding physician who has joined the medical staff within the past five years.
These three physicians were chosen from 75 nominations for 31 different members of the medical staff by their colleagues, health system employees, patients, volunteers and board members.
Amir was recognized as an excellent clinician and a compassionate caregiver who is extremely supportive of his patients, often becoming their friend as well as their doctor. A physician leader for the WMHS Stroke Center, he has contributed greatly to enhancing the care of stroke patients. He has a well earned reputation for working with physicians, nurses and the emergency medical services community to improve the quality of care for area residents.
Board certified in neurology and psychiatry, Amir joined the medical staff at WMHS in 2005. He received his medical degree from King Edward Medical College in Pakistan and completed his internship and residency at the Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami in Florida.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an outstanding physician with more than 20 years of service to the community.
A cardiologist, Saheta has dedicated his life to providing compassionate care to his patients and meeting the community’s medical needs for the last 37 years. He also serves as a mentor to many young physicians and nurses.
Saheta received his medical degree from Sir B.J. Medical College in his native India, where he also completed his internship. He first came to the U.S. in the early 1970s and completed two fellowships in cardiology through Georgetown University before moving to Cumberland in 1976. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology and has been active in medical staff leadership over the years.
The award that honors an outstanding physician who has joined the medical staff within the last five years is called the Mane Ictum Award. It takes its name from the Latin term for quick impact.
An interventional cardiologist, Haas joined the WMHS medical staff in 2010 and quickly made a difference for patients needing cardiac care.
Haas has been instrumental in revitalizing the Cardiac Rehab Program, developing and implementing the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic and streamlining the process for activation of the WMHS Cath Lab, which saves precious minutes and countless lives when someone is having a heart attack.
Haas received his doctorate of osteopathic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed a general cardiology fellowship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, where he also did his internship and residency in internal medicine.
Haas completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at George Washington University Hospital in Washington. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology.