Local doctors receive national recognition

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Dr. Stephen Telatnik, a Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care doctor, received the “Roger C. Bone Award for Advances in End-of-Life Care,” an annual award sponsored by the CHEST Foundation, a philanthropic branch of the American College of Chest Physicians. The award, initiated in 2000, is presented to members of the American college who have exhibited leadership in end-of-life care. Facing the challenges of his own terminal illness, the award’s namesake, Dr. Roger Bone, past president of the college, wrote about the ethical and humanistic issues surrounding end-of-life decisions.

Telatnik is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and has worked with Pikes Peak Hospice since 1999. His primary practice has been in pulmonary and internal medicine, including Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit. Telatnik consults for Palliative Services of Pikes Peak, a Pikes Peak Hospice program, on pain and symptom management.

The hospice patient’s life expectancy is usually less than six months; whereas, a person receiving palliative care has a life-limiting, difficult and/or progressive illness that may not be terminal. Comfort and choice is the priority with respect to the individual’s spiritual, cultural and psychosocial needs.

The award included a $5,000 grant to Pikes Peak Hospice for the palliative team consultation initiative for Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit. Telatnik is the initiative’s project coordinator.

Sally Sharpe, R.N., director of palliative services for Pikes Peak Hospice, works closely with Telatnik and said that he has been a key member of the Pikes Peak Forum on Health Care Ethics. “His interest in medical ethics and palliative care topped with his extensive intensive care unit experience made him a natural to take on the role of physician champion for a design team to implement a palliative program,” she said. “He has been instrumental in protocol design – he truly deserves the CHEST Foundation award.”

Ophthalmologist creates award-winning video

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery awarded Dr. Steven Dewey, a board certified ophthalmologist with Colorado Springs Health Partners, PC, one of 10 first prizes of 175 submissions for a video he produced about intraocular lens for cataracts. This is Dewey’s third video award – in 2000 and 2001, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recognized Dewey’s videos on a technique he developed for making cataract surgery safer.

Dewey said the most current winning video helps ophthalmologists have a “better handle on the formation of secondary cataracts.” He said the video addresses ways to help ophthalmologists assess secondary cataracts and surgical steps the physician can take to reduce the likelihood of the formation of a second cataract.

“The award ceremony, which was held in San Diego, was elaborate, and my trophy looks like a miniature Oscar,” he said. The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery also presented Dewey with the “Best Paper of Session” award (of 15 presenters) for his six-minute lecture about his video.

He was quick to mention that he had help producing the video from Bob and Lynn Trochim, illustrators whose past credits include Hanna Barbara Studios and Scooby Doo.

Dewey has been practicing with Colorado Springs Health Partners, a physician-owned medical practice with 17 specialties and more than 80 physicians, for 13 years.

- Marylou.Doehrman@csbj.com