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Highland Hospital honors physician and advanced practice provider of the year

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ROCHESTER -- Highland Hospital is honoring Cynthia Angel, M.D., as Physician of the Year, and Sheila Marcoccia, RPA-C, as Advanced Practice Provider (APP) of the Year.
Dr. Angel, a Highland gynecologic oncologist, is also Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. The Victor resident was nominated for the prestigious award, also called Distinguished Physician, by administrators, colleagues, and other co-workers for healthcare excellence.
“I am thrilled to receive this award,” said Dr. Angel. “I am already honored to care for patients and families and learn from them every day at Highland during their most poignant life events. But I couldn’t do anything that I do without my partners, colleagues, nursing staff and others who support me and my work.”
The award was presented to Dr. Angel at the 2018 Highland Hospital Gala by Joseph Nicholas, M.D., President of the Highland Hospital Medical Staff. “Dr. Angel among the finest clinicians in our region,” said Dr. Nicholas. “She is known for her incredible diagnostic and surgical skills and for her kind, thoughtful, and compassionate care.”
 Advanced Practice Provider Sheila Marcoccia, RPA-C, serves as chief physician assistant in the Department of Medicine. “I am very honored to receive this award,” said Marcoccia. “I am thankful for all of my dedicated colleagues in the Department of Medicine and appreciate the friendly and professional atmosphere we have created. Providing compassionate care to my patients and their families is always my first priority”
Marcoccia was also nominated by administration and colleagues for the award. “Sheila Marcoccia is an extremely dedicated provider who has supported our organization and provides excellent care to our patients,” said Cindy Becker, Highland Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “She is a leader and role model for others who remains positive and supportive even during busy and stressful high census peaks.  She is a true asset to Highland Hospital.”
Dr. Angel received her Doctor of Medicine from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics/gynecology and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has practiced at UR Medicine and Highland Hospital throughout her career that spans more than 30 years.
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Physician Award include: Tulsi Dass, M.B.B.S., Bilal Ahmed, M.D., Theodore Hirokawa, M.D., Jeffrey Harp, M.D., Daniel Mendelson, M.D., Alice Taylor, M.D., Joseph Nicholas, M.D., Melissa Schiff, M.D., David Holub, M.D. and Youngrin Kim, M.D.
A Pittsford resident, Marcoccia is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology Physician Assistant program. She worked for several years in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina before joining the Strong Health Geriatric Group in 2000 and inpatient medicine at Highland in 2006. Previous recipients of the APP of the Year Award include Abby McCarthy, RPA-C and Pamela Heiple, APRN-BC, NPP.
Dr. Angel and Marcoccia will be honored at a Highland Hospital Physician Recognition Event in June.