Physician is recognized for his service to VIM
Contact: Richard P. Gulla
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
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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