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Dr. Jason Birnbaum

Chair of Medicine
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

jasonbirnbaum-6-20Dr. Jason Birnbaum is the Chair of Medicine at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health a two-hospital system. He leads the intensive care units at both UM UCMC and University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICU at UM UCMC had been nationally recognized for outstanding care. Under his leadership, the team has won the gold standard Beacon Award for Excellence, a three-year designation through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, twice. The Beacon Award signifies exceptional care for patients and signals a positive and supportive work environment.

With the pandemic, Birnbaum and team are on the front line treating the most critical patients. He’s worked countless hours explaining what is happening to patients’ families as well as making sure his team has what it needs to deliver quality and safe care. He is often juggling emergent situations, trying new approaches for treatment and planning for a surge of patients. He is also helping the larger incident command team think of safe, effective solutions for the weeks ahead.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.