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H. Esterbrook Longmaid, MD, chief of radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton), was recently awarded the 2015 Lira Family Award for Physician Excellence by the Parkway United Methodist Church of Milton.

On the medical staff at BID-Milton since 2002, Dr. Longmaid received the award for his commitment to medicine and compassion for patients

 “I feel very humbled to be the recipient of this year’s Lira Award,” said Dr. Longmaid. “Having been involved in the selection process of previous winners, I know the caliber and character of those tremendously caring physicians. I accept this award with gratitude and humility and on behalf of the entire hospital staff.”

Dr. Longmaid earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He finished his internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and also completed a clinical fellowship in radiology at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being chief of radiology at BID-Milton, Dr. Longmaid is also president of the hospital’s Medical Staff and a member of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Longmaid is also actively involved with the International Charter of Human Values in Healthcare, a worldwide organization focused on restoring universal core values, such as compassion, respect and communication, in healthcare interactions.

“Brook Longmaid is a leading physician at the hospital who has served our community well,” said Peter Healy, president and CEO of BID-Milton. “He is a great physician, leader and teacher who provides exceptional and personalized care with dignity, compassion and respect every day.”

The Lira Family Award for Physician Excellence was established by the late Hugo “Baron” Lira, a local band leader and volunteer at the former Milton Hospital. In this last will and testament, Mr. Lira asked that the Parkway Church, of which he was a dedicated member, use a portion of his estate to annually recognize an outstanding physician on staff at the hospital. “The Baron” built a strong relationship with hospital employees and medical staff members by contributing more than 6,000 hours of volunteer work at the hospital prior to his death in 1992.