SAINT FRANCIS PHYSICIANS NOMINATED FOR TEACHING AWARD Drs. Lahiri, Parke Cited

(HARTFORD, Conn.) - Two members of the Medical and Dental Staff at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center were nominated for the Kaiser Permanente Teaching Award given by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. They are Bimalin Lahiri, M.D., and Ann Parke, M.B.B.S.

Drs. Lahiri and Parke were nominated by students at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine for the prestigious award which recognizes excellence in medical teaching.

Bimalin Lahiri, M.D., of West Hartford, is the Chief of the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Calcutta, R.G. Kar Medical College, Calcutta, India. Following postgraduate training in India, he served as an intern at Bristol Hospital, a resident in internal medicine at Saint Francis, and a clinical fellow in chest diseases at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine.

Dr. Lahiri has been a member of the Saint Francis Medical and Dental Staff since 1969. He holds an appointment as a Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Ann Parke, M.B.B.S., of West Hartford, is an Attending Rheumatologist. She received her medical degree from the University of London and served as a medical resident and fellow in rheumatology at McMaster University Medical School, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, she holds an appointment as a Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Prior to joining Saint Francis in 2007, Dr. Parke served as the Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director and Interim Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets. It is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.