Matthew B. Mandel, MD (retired) will be the recipient of the 2013 Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award for Excellence in Volunteerism, presented by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, in association with Pfizer, Inc. This award recognizes the work of senior physicians who provide treatment to U.S. patients who lack access to health care. Dr. Mandel will be honored at the association’s Excellence in Medicine Awards dinner to be held on February 11th in Washington, DC.
In announcing the award, the foundation said, “These awards honor physicians who represent the highest values of altruism, compassion and dedication to patient care. The caliber of our nominees was awe-inspiring, and Dr. Mandel’s selection from such an impressive group speaks volumes in recognizing his dedication to the profession of medicine.” He is being recognized for his work in helping to establish and recruit volunteers for the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Berkshires free clinic in Great Barrington, which will receive a $2500 grant in conjunction with the award.
Dr. Mandel, who also was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Medical Society as its 2012 Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year, said, “I’m completely overwhelmed. I love the work I’ve been doing with VIM just as I did my years in active practice. It seems very strange to get awards just for doing what you love to do.”
Founded in 2004, Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires provides access to free health care services for income-qualified, uninsured and underinsured residents of the Berkshire region. For more information, go to www.vimberkshires.org.