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Cardiologist named physician of the year


Ismail Bokhari quietly goes about his work as a cardiologist at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

But that quiet demeanor does not mean he has escaped the notice of others.

Hospital employees have voted Bokhari as KRMC Physician of the Year.

He received a certificate in recognition, said Marty Cowan, director of development and community relations for the hospital foundation.

"It's nice to know that the people here like and chose me," Bokhari said.

"The entire staff sees me at work and approves.

It feels good."

Bokhari is a native of Pakistan.

He has practiced in Kingman for more than 20 years, settling in the community after visiting friends.

"I got offers in Phoenix, but I built some patient relationships here and did not want to leave," he said.

"It has been good for me and my children."

The idea to choose a Physician of the Year surfaced during National Hospital Week, which was the first week in June.

"We'd never done this before, but felt we needed to recognize the doctor who best exemplifies the hospital's mission statement of service to the community with compassion and commitment," Cowan said.

A survey forms containing the names of over 60 physicians was circulated among more than 750 hospital employees.

Bokhari stood "head and shoulders" above anyone else in the voting, Cowan said.

Bokhari is board certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology, geriatric medicine, critical care medicine and internal medicine.

He did an internship at Helen Fuld Medical Center in Trenton, N.J., and a residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

In addition, Bokhari has served fellowships at Waterbury Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine in Waterbury, Conn., and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix.

A Physician of the Year will be named annually now at KRMC, Cowan said.

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