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UCI Health trauma surgeon recognized during Heroes with Heart ceremony

Dr. Jeffry Nahmias earns The Marianne Cinat, MD Memorial Award for exceptional care

May 11, 2023
uci health trauma surgeon Jeffry Nahmias right, with Dr. Elliot Silver, chief surgical resident and future trauma and critical care fellow with UCI Health and UCI School of Medicine, holding the Heroes with Heart Gala Marianne Cinat MD Memorial Award in front of white black and red baloons
Dr. Jeffry Nahmias, right, with Dr. Elliot Silver, chief surgical resident
and future trauma and critical care fellow with UCI Health and UCI
School of Medicine.

UCI Health trauma surgeon Dr. Jeffry Nahmias was honored with the Marianne Cinat, MD Memorial Award at the Heroes with Heart Gala in April.

The annual award, presented by Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Orange County, is given to an Orange County physician who has demonstrated compassion and care above and beyond the call of duty toward trauma victims and their loved ones.

“I want to thank TIP for this recognition and for everything they do for the community,” said Nahmias, medical director of the surgical intensive care unit at UCI Medical Center, professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Trauma, Burns, Surgical Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery in the UCI School of Medicine. “I am deeply honored to receive the Dr. Marianne Cinat award. It is a testament to the compassionate care we strive to provide to our patients and their families in Orange County.”

The Marianne Cinat, MD Memorial Award was established in 2011 following the renowned burn and trauma surgeon’s sudden death that year. Cinat was medical director of the UCI Health Regional Burn Center and a professor of surgery. She received the Heroes with Heart Award in 2009 and was a member of the TIP National Board of Directors. The memorial award is TIP’s commitment to honoring her legacy and a tribute to her contributions to medicine.

“I am humbled to be recognized among such esteemed colleagues and to follow in the footsteps of the late Dr. Cinat, who was an inspiration to us all,” Nahmias said. “This award serves as a reminder of the profound impact we can make in the lives of others, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving our community with dedication and empathy."

Nahmias received the award at the April 27 ceremony in Irvine, presented by his colleague, neurocritical care physician Dr. Cyrus Dastur, medical director of ethics for UCI Health.

UCI Medical Center operates Orange County’s only Level I adult trauma center and is the region’s top provider of trauma, burn and critical care services.

TIPS is a national organization of trained volunteers who offer emotional and practical support to traumatized individuals in the hours after a tragedy, 24 hours a day. The Orange County chapter has 125 volunteers serving 26 cities, 14 hospitals, public safety agencies, airports, harbors and unincorporated Orange County.

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