Cortland Regional’s 26th Annual Physician Recognition Dinner Honors Two Community Practitioners


Every March, National Doctor’s Day honors the profession and the work of health care practitioners. In keeping with this tradition, Cortland Regional Medical Center will celebrate the dedication and contributions of two caregivers in the Cortland community at its annual physician recognition event on Wednesday, April 12th.

The physician recognition awards are presented to members of the medical staff who are dedicated to excellence in patient care, have given significant service to Cortland Regional Medical Center and the community, and who have demonstrated continued academic effort. This year’s event will recognize Physician of the Year, Douglas Rahner, M.D. and Advanced Practice Professional of the Year, Kelly Hirsch, F.N.P.

From Washington D.C to Cincinnati and finally to Cortland, Dr. Rahner has dedicated the last 31 years to caring for families. Since 2005, he has served first as Medical Director and later Vice President for Medical Services at the Family Health Network of Central New York.  Recently he completed two years as president of Cortland Regional’s Medical Staff and previously spent two years as a medical center trustee. “It is an honor to be chosen by my colleagues,” said Dr. Rahner, “I am thrilled to accept the Physician of the Year award.”

For more than 45 years, Advanced Practitioners have been an integral part of the medical team at Cortland Regional. Honoree Kelly Hirsch, PNP-BC, FNP, IBCLC, has served the Cortland community for ten of her nearly 17 years as a nurse practitioner. Her passion for pediatrics and family health, which she brings to her work with Cortland Regional’s Family Medicine Practice, continues to positively impact local families. For Hirsch this award symbolizes, “not only recognition by my peers but also of my commitment to the families of this community. I am honored to accept this award.”

The awards dinner will be held at Greek Peak Mountain Resort. During the evening, Dr. Kirwin Gibbs, CRMC Medical Staff President, will also recognize the following providers for their years of service to the local Cortland Regional :

  • 40 years: John Lombardo, Ph.D.
  • 35 years: Amin El-Hassan, M.D.
  • 30 years: Mary Doss, N.P., P.A.
  • 20 years: Marc Settineri, M.D.; Biswarup Syam, M.D.; Salil Gupta, M.D.
  • 10 years: Jacqueline Fergerson, M.D.; Manoj Kumar, M.D.; Kelly Hirsch, N.P.; James Newman, D.O.
  • 5 years: Susan Jewett, P.A.; Carrie Jackson, M.D.; Andrew Lewis, M.D.

With each passing year, we hope this event reinforces the critical role that physicians and advanced care practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of our local community. Highlighting their exceptional service raises the bar for the rest of us. We become better as individuals and as organizations for giving excellent patient care," says Dr. Christopher Moheimani, Cortland Regional’s chief of surgery and 2009 physician of the year honoree.