Massachusetts Medical Society: Dr. Robert Eisendrath is Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year

Dr. Robert Eisendrath is Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year


Waltham, Mass. – March 6th – Robert Eisendrath, M.D. has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of its Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award, an honor recognizing a senior member of the society who has shown a dedicated commitment to volunteerism and to sharing medical experience and expertise.  He will receive the award at the Society’s Board of Trustees Meeting in June. 

Dr. Eisendrath, a psychiatrist, is being honored for a decade of volunteering at the MetroWest Free Medical Program, where he provided compassion and empathy and demonstrated caring, acceptance and acknowledgement of the mental health challenges facing patients.  He worked closely with a team of social workers, providing behavioral therapy as well as pharmacotherapy. 

He began volunteering in 2006, just two years after the program began to offer free health services to the uninsured and underinsured.  He dedicated several hours two to three times a month, ensuring that patients have access to psychiatric evaluation, necessary medications, and mental health care.  

Dr. Eisendrath received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (formerly the Northwestern University School of Medicine).  He has held academic positions at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and has served as the Director of the Adult Clinic at the South Shore Mental Health Center. 

A longtime resident of Belmont, Dr. Eisendrath served as a member of that town’s Board of Health for more than 15 years. Now a resident of Lexington and retired from the practice of medicine, he remains a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society.  

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 25,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society, under the auspices of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and NEJM Journal Watch alerts and publications covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.

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