BOSTON - The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has announced that six physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are among the first to earn the new Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM) designation.
Among those recognized during a recent convention are: Alex Carbo, MD; David Feinbloom, MD; Joseph Li, MD; Melissa Mattison, MD; Anjala Tess, MD; and Nancy Torres-Finnerty, MD.
The physicians are among a select group of 500 chosen by the Society from nearly 30,000 hospitalists in the country. The designation was created to recognize hospitalists which have achieved unique accomplishments in the field of hospital medicine.
To be designated as a fellow, an applicant must be a hospitalist for five years, a member of SHM for three years, demonstrate their dedication to quality and process improvement, commitment to organizational teamwork and leadership, as well as lifelong learning and education.
"Until now, hospitalists have not had a way to distinguish themselves from their colleagues," said SHM CEO, Larry Wellikson, MD. "The FHM designation gives hospitalists a chance to set themselves apart and be recognized for all of their work that continues to make hospital medicine the fastest growing medical specialty in history."
SHM is the premier medical society representing hospitalists. Over the past decade, studies have shown that hospitalists decrease patient lengths of stay, reduce hospital costs and readmission rates, all while increasing patient satisfaction. Hospital medicine is the fastest-growing specialty in modern healthcare, with over 28,000 hospitalists currently practicing and an upward growth trajectory in full force. For more information about SHM, please visit www.hospitalmedicine.org or for information on the Fellows program, please visit
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit