Dermatology Chair Named Local 'Health Care Hero' for Patient Care
Published April 2008
Diya Mutasim, MD, was recognized for more than 18 years of exceptional care to Greater Cincinnati patients with complex dermatology diseases at the 2008 Cincinnati Business Courier Health Care Heroes awards banquet, held Feb. 26 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.
The Health Care Heroes awards honor Tristate individuals who have made an impact on health care.
Mutasim, who is chair of UC’s dermatology department and director of the UC Physicians dermatology practice, won the provider category.
Mutasim’s patients say he doesn’t see them as another click at the turnstile. He focuses on ways to provide better care while also increasing access to quality care for community members seeking dermatological care.
In addition to his clinical duties, Mutasim provides free skin cancer screenings during National Melanoma week annually, testifies at local government hearings on tanning bed bans aimed at protecting adolescents from harmful UV radiation and serves on several community and national boards.
“It is a great personal honor to receive this award,” says Mutasim. “A physician is happy to receive recognition from colleagues who judge his scholarly work, and is happier to receive respect and emulation from his students and residents who he tries to mentor and inspire.
“The most gratifying recognition, however, is that bestowed by the community a physician serves.”
Showing his commitment to investing in education and ramping up dermatological research, Mutasim personally committed about $450,000 to help establish an endowed chair of dermatology at UC in 2007.
Mutasim is an active researcher whose work in the 1980s on bullous diseases helped pave the road for future research related to treating the condition. He now focuses on dermatopathology, psychocutaneous and immune-skin diseases.
Six other UC faculty members were named award finalists. They are:
Mary Clare Hill, MD, anesthesiology, provider category
Bradley Jackson, MD, pediatrics, provider category
Myles Pensak, MD, otolaryngology, provider category
Laura Sauerbeck, neurology, community outreach category
Ronald Warnick, MD, neurosurgery, innovator category
Stephen Wilson, MD, internal medicine, provider category.
The Advanced Wound Care Program at Drake Center—a UC collaborator—was also named a finalist in the innovator category.David Stern, MD, vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine, was the event’s keynote speaker.