RYE, N.Y. – Dr. Lynn Josephson of Rye, a WESTMED Medical Group breast surgeon, was recently presented with the Dr. Leonard Finkelstein Patient First Award for 2012.
Dr. Jen Johnson, chair of the award nominating committee said the WESTMED board of directors presents the award to the physician who most embodies the ideals of the award’s namesake, namely, “the highest level of clinical quality with compassion and selfless devotion to patient care.” The deceased Dr. Leonard Finkelstein was a founding and admired member of what was then called The Westchester Medical Group and was a longtime Rye Brook resident.
“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,’ ” Johnson said in a news release. “She was chosen from a group of 15 worthy nominees.”
Josephson 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.
She came back to live in Rye with her husband, Marc, 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 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.”