Physicians Designated as Fellows in Hospital Medicine

Paul Monte, MD, CACP, MHA, and Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, have earned the Fellow in Hospital Medicine designation from the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). Becoming a Fellow is an avenue for special recognition for society members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues and within the hospital medicine specialty.

Dr. Monte and Dr. Vaidyanathan are hospitalists at The Memorial Hospital at Easton. Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in caring for patients during a hospital stay. Over the past decade, studies have shown that hospitalists decrease patient lengths of stay, reduce hospital costs and readmission rates, all while increasing patient satisfaction.

To be designated as a Fellow in Hospital Medicine, a physician must be a hospitalist for five years and a member of SHM for three years. Successful applicants have demonstrated dedication to quality and process improvement, commitment to organizational teamwork and leadership, and lifelong learning and education.

Dr. Monte is medical director for a group of hospitalists practicing at Memorial Hospital. He holds a Masters in Health Administration from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned his medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and residency. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Vaidyanathan is the medical staff chief for Memorial Hospital and medical director for Shore Home Care Hospice, an affiliate of Shore Health System. She is a graduate of Grant Medical College in India and completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Shadyside. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Vaidyanathan was cited for her extraordinary involvement in initiatives that focus on patient safety and medical ethics, specifically the Maryland Safety Center ICU Safety Culture Collaborative, a statewide initiative focused on improving care for patients treated in hospital intensive care units.