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Drs. DeBlasio, Singer and Meharg receive 2017 Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Peter DeBlasio Jr., Dr. Ira Singer and Dr. Joseph “Jody” Meharg  were presented with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for their many contributions at the annual CharterCARE Health Partners’ Medical Staff physician reception on December 11.

Each year, the medical staffs of CharterCARE’s two hospitals -- Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital -- recognize physicians who have served with distinction for more than 20 years.

Dr. Peter DeBlasio Jr. is an ophthalmologist who has been on staff at Fatima Hospital for more than 35 years. He has served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Fatima and Director of the Ophthalmic Diabetes Clinic since 1990. He has served on numerous boards and committees at Fatima including service as president of the medical staff. Dr. DeBlasio completed a Glaucoma Fellowship from Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. DeBlasio received his medical degree from the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and completed his clinical training at the Brown University Program in Medicine.

Dr. DeBlasio is a member of several professional societies and is Past President of the Rhode Island Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Outside of the medical profession, he is well known for his musicianship and practice of the art of Tai Chi.

Dr. Ira Singer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates, Inc. Dr. Singer earned his medical degree from George Washington University and went on to serve as Chief Resident in Orthopaedics at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed a Reconstructive Knee and Arthroscopic Surgery Fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He has been on staff at Roger Williams since 1996.

Dr. Jody Meharg is the Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Roger Williams Medical Center.received his medical degree from Albany Mediccal College, where he also completed his residency. He completed his fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine through Brown University. He has been on staff at Roger Williams since 1991 and has been named “Teacher of the Year” 13 times in the Internal Medicine Residency Teaching Program at Roger Williams.

Pictured in the photo on the left (from left to right) are: John Holiver, CEO, CharterCARE; Dr. Singer; medical staff president Dr. Andrea Doyle; Dr. Meharg; and Demetra Ouellette, Roger Williams Medical Center President.

Pictured in the photo at the right (from left to right) are: John Holiver, CEO, CharterCARE Health Care; Dr. Joseph Mazza, medical staff president; Dr. DeBlasio; and David Kobis, President of Fatima Hospital.