Dr. Howard Taubin receives national award

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Howard L. Taubin, MD, of Woodbridge, vice chairman of the Bridgeport Hospital board of directors, has received the 2014 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Distinguished Clinician Award in the private practice category for his outstanding leadership and excellence in the practice of gastroenterology.

The award is one of only two Distinguished Clinician Awards presented by the AGA annually, with the other going to a gastroenterologist in clinical academic practice. Dr. Taubin was formally recognized at the national Digestive Disease Week convention in Chicago May 4.

“We take great pride in honoring your outstanding contributions and abilities to combine the art of medicine with the skills demanded by the scientific body of knowledge in service to patients,” wrote Loren A. Laine, MD, chairman of the AGA, in a congratulatory letter to Dr. Taubin.

Dr. Taubin has been in practice with Stratford-based Gastroenterology Associates and on the attending medical staff of Bridgeport Hospital since 1973. In that time, he has held several roles at the hospital and has been an integral part of the gastroenterology section, serving for many years as chief and a key faculty member in the hospital’s gastroenterology fellowship program.

In 2010, Dr. Taubin became vice chairman of the Bridgeport Hospital board. He has also served as chairman of the board’s professional and quality assurance committee.

“Dr. Taubin’s recognition by the AGA is well deserved,” said William M. Jennings, president and CEO of Bridgeport Hospital and executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health System. “He is a dedicated physician and a valuable member of the hospital board.”

Dr. Taubin is also an associate clinical professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He has been recognized as Physician of the Year in greater Bridgeport and has won teaching awards at Bridgeport Hospital and the gastroenterology section of Yale New Haven Hospital. He has published several articles and case reports in peer-reviewed journals and has served on the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include acid-peptic disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and colon cancer prevention and detection.

Dr. Taubin graduated with a degree in biology from Boston University and continued on to graduate study in biology at Columbia University in New York. He entered the University of Virginia School of Medicine at Charlottesville in 1961. After receiving his medical degree, he served his internship and began his residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Following service as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1969, Dr. Taubin completed his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in 1970. He concluded his training with a fellowship in gastroenterology at Yale School of Medicine.

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital). Its Bridgeport and Milford Campuses serve patients from across the region. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.