2008-05-08 / News

Coustan honored for "shaking up" system

Jamestown resident, Donald R. Coustan, M.D. was honored by the Rhode Island Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition at its annual May Breakfast on May 2 at the Radisson Hotel, in Warwick.

Coustan, an internationally recognized expert in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, received the 2008 Silver Rattle Award, given each year by the coalition to someone who has "shaken up the system for mothers and babies in Rhode Island."

Dr. Coustan came to Women and Infants Hospital in 1982 and has served as the Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief there since 1991. He has also been the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University since 1991. He is a graduate of Yale University, having received both undergraduate and medical degrees there. He has lectured extensively both in the United States and throughout the world, authored more than 170 journal articles, as well as numerous books.

Fellow Jamestown resident, Candy Powell, who works at the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, nominated Dr. Coustan for this award, and in her introduction of Dr. Coustan at the breakfast quoted one of the nurses at Women and Infants as saying, "He is like a rock star, and probably should have an agent!"

The Rhode Island Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition meets monthly at St. Joseph's Hospital, and is comprised of agencies and individuals dedicated to improving the health of mothers and babies in Rhode Island.

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