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Trumbull Woman Named Hospital Physician Of The Year

A Trumbull doctor has been named physician of the year at St. Vincent's Medical Center.
A Trumbull doctor has been named physician of the year at St. Vincent's Medical Center. Photo Credit: contributed

TRUMBULL, Conn. — Trumbull resident Christine Van Cott, M.D., has been named St. Vincent’s Medical Center 2017 Physician of the Year.

She received the St. Vincent de Paul Award honoring the attending physician who best demonstrates the qualities exemplified by Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Louise de Marillac and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, founders of the Daughters of Charity and living the mission and values of the hospital.

"Dr. Van Cott possesses an overwhelming compassion to care for her patients, always putting them first and ensuring she provides person-centered care,” her nomination read. “She is a strong advocate for her patients and treats each of them as if they were her family.”

As the surgical clerkship director and assistant professor for the Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, Dr. Van Cott teaches and mentors young physicians.

She is also a clinical faculty member of the New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center Surgical Residency Program.

"The award is very kind and very meaningful to me, especially in an environment with so many caring and talented physicians,” Dr. Van Cott said. “To be recognized for the care I provide is always nice, but to be recognized for my compassion and patient focus is humbling.”

Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Van Cott practices with the St. Vincent's Multispecialty Group in the Pfriem Center for Cancer Care at St. Vincent's Medical Center. She is the director of St. Vincent's Clinical Genetic Testing and Hereditary Risk Assessment program as well as the director of the Peritoneal Malignancy and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemoperfusion (HIPEC) program.

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