BRATTLEBORO — The medical director for BAYADA Hospice in Vermont and New Hampshire has been honored for his work in pediatric palliative and hospice care.

Dr. John Saroyan has been named one of five physicians honored with a 2018 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award. Created by the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, the award recognized Saroyan for expertise in assisting patients of all ages make end-of-life decisions.

Saroyan oversees the medical services of BAYADA’s hospice program and works with physicians to ensure patients are comfortable. Saroyan is also a talented musician and integrates banjo, guitar and singing into his work.

“To deliver the best care possible to his patients, Dr. Saroyan goes to great lengths investing in his local communities through active collaboration with physicians, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and social service organizations,” Kristin Barnum, BAYADA hospice division director, said in a news release. “What makes him stand out as a human being and physician is his profound interest in those around him.”

BAYADA Hospice, which has an office in Brattleboro, and The Hastings Center will honor Saroyan at an event on May 24, at the Hanover Inn in Hanover.