Eric M. Mazur, M.D., of Weston, vice president and chief medical officer of Norwalk Hospital, has been elected as a “master” of the American College of Physicians (ACP). This honor was bestowed on him during the recent Annual Meeting of the American College of Physicians in New Orleans. Dr. Mazur was one of 43 internal medicine specialists throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries to be honored this year and he was one of only two physicians from Connecticut to receive this lifetime achievement award this year.
Masters comprise a small group of distinguished physicians selected from Fellows of the ACP who have “achieved recognition in medicine by exhibiting preeminence in practice or medical research, holding positions of high honor and making significant contributions to medical science or the art of medicine.”
Evidence of masters’ achievements can come from many types of endeavors such as research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, and administrative positions. The master must be distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her contributions to the field of medicine, according to the ACP.
With this honor, Dr. Mazur is authorized to use the letters MACP after his name as part of his professional credentials.
In addition to his position at Norwalk Hospital, Dr. Mazur is an associate clinical professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. “Dr. Eric Mazur’s achievement is not only a credit to him, but it is also a credit to Norwalk Hospital,” said Dan DeBarba, president and CEO. “This distinction is only given to a select group of physicians nationally who have made major contributions to medicine during their careers.”
Under the leadership of Dr. Mazur, who oversees all clinical departments, Norwalk Hospital was named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades in 2012 for a third consecutive year. This distinction places Norwalk Hospital among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.
Dr. Mazur’s leadership efforts have also helped the hospital achieve excellence in resident education and patient care, in part through the implementation of computerized physician order entry systems and automated clinical decision support, according to the hospital.
As chair of medicine at Norwalk Hospital from 1995 to 2011, he led the development of a novel teaching hospitalist program that has received widespread recognition and has been profiled in several national publications, according to the hospital. Norwalk’s hospitalist program, one of the first in the state, cares for more than 85% of the hospital’s adult medicine inpatients.
Dr. Mazur assisted in the founding the Norwalk Community Health Center and creation of its educational model for ambulatory adult outpatient care, development of systems, such as multidisciplinary rounds, to reduce length-of-stay and sustain high performance on the Medicare clinical quality measures and implementation of programs and hospital information systems to enhance communication and continuity of care between the inpatient setting and office based primary care providers, according to the hospital.
Born and raised in Fairfield, Dr. Mazur graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1971 with a bachelor of science in engineering degree in aerospace and mechanical sciences. After graduation, he entered medical school and was graduated AOA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1975.
He completed his first two years of internal medicine residency at the Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester, returning to Connecticut in 1977 as a resident and fellow at Yale. During four years at Yale, Dr. Mazur completed the final year of his internal medicine residency and a three-year hematology/oncology specialty fellowship.
After two years in a full-time, mixed research and clinical position at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y., Dr. Mazur joined Brown University’s Program in Medicine in 1983. For nine years, he served as the chief of the section of hematology/oncology of the Miriam Hospital and was appointed an assistant and then associate professor of medicine at Brown University.
Dr. Mazur became an active member of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Physicians, serving on the Governor’s Council, the Health Care and Public Policy Committee, and chairing the Annual Scientific Program Committee for several years. He also participated in many ACP-sponsored “Leadership Days” during which internists from around the country met in Washington, D.C., in order to lobby Congress for healthcare reform. In 2003, Dr. Mazur was awarded the Laureate Award from the Connecticut ACP and in 2004, he was elected to represent Connecticut internists statewide as the governor of the Connecticut ACP, a four-year term that ended in April 2009. Dr. Mazur continues as a member of the state ACP chapter’s Governor’s Council and co-heads the chapter’s awards committee.
He serves as co-host of “Health Talk,” a weekly Cablevision show (channel 84) that provides health education for much of Fairfield County, and has produced more than 375 half-hour shows since March 2002.