Dr. Matthew B. Mandel is honored as Massachusetts Medical Society's 2012 Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year

Physician is recognized for his service to VIM Berkshires

Contact: Richard P. Gulla
Tel: 781-434-7101
Email: rgulla@mms.org

Waltham, Mass. - April 3, 2012 -- Stockbridge resident Matthew B. Mandel, M.D. has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2012 Senior Volunteer Physician Award, an honor recognizing a senior member of the society who has shown a dedicated commitment to volunteerism and to sharing experience and medical expertise. The award will be presented June 27 at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Medical Society in Waltham.

Dr. Mandel was recognized for his voluntary efforts at Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Berkshires in Great Barrington. In 2003, Dr. Mandel became a founding trustee of VIM. Currently co-medical director and the vice chair of the board of trustees of VIM Berkshires, Dr. Mandel has described his years at VIM as "a highlight of his life." 

In commenting on Dr. Mandel's service at VIM, Arthur Peisner, chair of the VIM Board of Directors, said "The vibrant and effective community of volunteers that is VIM Berkshires would not exist without Dr. Mandel's extensive, committed, and intelligent work."  

Dr. Mandel's efforts in recruiting volunteer health professionals, in establishing dental, mental health, optometry, nutrition, and acupuncture services, and in securing free laboratory and imaging services at local hospitals have all allowed VIM to bring a vast array of health care services to underserved populations in the area. 

A member of the Massachusetts Medical society since 1975, Dr. Mandel retired from his active practice of medicine in 1996, following a career in anesthesiology and chair of the department of anesthesia at Providence Hospital in Holyoke.

Dr. Mandel graduated from Philips Academy, Andover (Massachusetts) and received his bachelor's degree from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (now Case Western). He earned his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College, now a part of Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and two fellowships at Boston Hospital for Women and Children's Hospital Boston.

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