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Rye Physician Presented with WESTMED’s Dr. Leonard Finkelstein Patient First Award

December 2012
Linda Martin, APR

Rye Physician Presented with WESTMED’s Dr. Leonard Finkelstein Patient First Award

Dr. Lynn Josephson, of Rye, a WESTMED Medical Group breast surgeon was recently presented with the Dr. Leonard Finkelstein Patient First Award for 2012. The award is the namesake of the deceased Dr. Leonard Finkelstein, a founding and admired member of, then, The Westchester Medical Group, and a former longtime Rye Brook resident.

“The Patient First Award is an annual award presented by the WESTMED Board of Directors to the physician who most embodies the ideals of Dr. Finkelstein, a doctor demonstrating the highest level of clinical quality with compassion and selfless devotion to patient care,” said Dr. Jen Johnson, chair of the award nominating committee.

“Dr. Josephson, who has practiced medicine in the County for 28 years, is described by her colleagues as “thorough, compassionate, nurturing, funny and reassuring all at the same time,” said Dr. Johnson. “She was chosen from a group of 15 worthy nominees.” 

She grew up in Rye, graduated from Rye High School and completed her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She then finished a surgical residency at Columbia Presbyterian College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she became chief resident only three years after completing medical school. 

Dr. Josephson came back to live in Rye with her husband, also a Rye native, when she started her surgical practice with Drs. Barry Altman and Lawrence Kadish in White Plains. She has the distinction of being the first female general surgeon in Westchester County. She joined WESTMED in 2010.

One of Dr. Josephson’s patients wrote, “Thank you for helping to make a difficult situation as comforting as possible. Your contagious spirit is just what everyone in my position needs.”

Dr. Josephson was joined by her husband, Marc, her daughter Kristin and her son, Kurt to celebrate the special evening.

WESTMED Medical Group is a large multi-specialty group medical practice, with headquarters in Purchase, NY. It is staffed by a team of 250 physicians dedicated to providing coordinated, efficient, quality patient care at its nine locations in central and lower Westchester County. The practice uses state-of-the-art systems and electronic medical records to enhance the health of the community. WESTMED has medical offices in White Plains, Rye, Westchester’s Ridge Hill in Yonkers, Purchase, Scarsdale and New Rochelle. Connect with WESTMED online at www.westmedgroup.com and on Facebook and Twitter. 

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