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Adventist GlenOaks Hospital physicians recognized for service

Glendale Heights – Adventist GlenOaks Hospital has recognized five physicians for their dedication to the hospital’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ. Value awards in Christian service, excellence, integrity, inclusiveness and stewardship were given to the physicians at a special ceremony in May.


“Each one of these five physicians lives the mission of our hospital by demonstrating extraordinary service beyond their everyday medical responsibilities,” said Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Chief Executive Officer Brinsley Lewis. “They demonstrate their personal values through their work with patients, family and hospital staff. Each places the needs of the patient first. They are great listeners and effective leaders.”  


Dr. David de Ramos, a family physician, was given the Christian service award.


“Being on staff at a not-for-profit, Christian-based hospital is important to me,” de Ramos said. “It allows me to practice medicine in a manner that is consistent with my beliefs. in my long association with Adventist Health System, incorporation of your Christian beliefs into the care of our patients has been not only supported but encouraged.”


Added Lewis: “Extending the healing ministry of Christ sets a high standard that our physicians, nurses and staff have to strive for.”


Dr. Joseph Shanahan, medical director of the emergency department that bears his name, was given the award in stewardship. Shanahan made a monetary donation to the new emergency department that opened in June 2007, and worked on its design for three years.


“It was a great pleasure to receive this award because it comes from our own staff,” said the Hinsdale resident. Shanahan was one of the founding physicians when Adventist GlenOaks Hospital opened 30 years ago. “I enjoyed coming up with new ideas for the design.”


“Without Dr. Shanahan we wouldn’t have one of the most outstanding emergency departments in the region,” Lewis said. “Patients love it. We’re grateful for Dr. Shanahan’s leadership and dedication.” 


Dr. Leela Rao, a specialist in hematology/oncology, received the award for inclusiveness. She believes that physicians are part of a team and she consistently asks for input from nurses, social workers, other staff members and the patient’s family.


“My patients are in crisis; they have a difficult road ahead of them,” said Rao, a Naperville resident who has treated patients at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital for three years. “They have to process a lot of information and make difficult decisions. I like to help them feel that they are in control by giving them options. When they feel empowered, it aids the healing process.”


Dr. Carl Barsanti, a specialist in pulmonary medicine treating diseases of the lung, is the winner in integrity. He actively collaborates with all members of the healthcare team in order to formulate the best treatment plan.


“We are a team – doctors, nurses, the ancillary staff,” said Barsanti, a resident of Palatine who has treated patients at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital for 14 years. “Not one of us can do it alone; we need each other. As far as treating patients, my philosophy is to follow the Golden Rule: Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.”


Dr. Aziz Ahmed, an interventional cardiologist and
medical director of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory, received the excellence award. Ahmed, of Darien, led the efforts that resulted in the hospital receiving accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Treating patients at the hospital since 2006, he continues to lead the way in bringing newer, more effective heart and vascular procedures to patients in the community.


“Because time is of the essence when treating heart attack patients, we want the community to know they can receive the most advanced care here at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital,” said Ahmed, who last year was named the physician of the year. “I am humbled to receive this award, which wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my extraordinary team.”


Adventist GlenOaks Hospital celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year. Seven physicians, including Shanahan, who have treated patients at the hospital since it opened in 1980 also were honored. They are:

  • Dr. Mir Akif Ali, allergy
  • Dr. Raymond A. Dieter, vascular surgery
  • Dr. Gregory Doerfler, oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Dr. Glenn Schieve, oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Dr. Pratima M. Shah, pediatrics
  • Dr. Joseph Shanahan, emergency medicine
  • Dr. Sri Krishna Talluri, urology



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit