2013 Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year: Daniel E. Clapp, M.D.

Vital Signs: April 2013

The Committee on Senior Volunteer Physicians is pleased to announce that Daniel E. Clapp, M.D., of Amherst, Massachusetts, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award for his exemplary dedication to volunteerism and lifelong sharing of medical expertise.

Although he retired as head of medical services at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 2002, Dr. Clapp continues to draw upon his medical knowledge and expertise to the benefit of many in the Pioneer Valley. He gives of his time (an average of over 58 hours a month) to the Pine Brook Camp in Shutesbury, the College Church Health Care Project in Northampton, the Leverett Health Care Project, the Amherst Senior Center, the Amherst Survival Free Clinic, as well as the U.S. Armed Services.

In 2008 the Amherst Survival Center asked Dr. Clapp to volunteer as a founding physician at their new Free Clinic. He has since become the clinic’s volunteer medical director, as well as a volunteer provider. Under Dr. Clapp’s leadership health services have expanded and the clinic has had a major impact on the area’s homeless, the most vulnerable segment of the population in the Pioneer Valley.

According to Cheryl Zoll, the executive director of the Amherst Survival Center, “The success of the clinic is due almost entirely to Dr. Clapp’s conviction that everyone is deserving of excellent health care and to his unstoppable energy devoted to making that happen.”

Dr. Clapp also serves as a Hampshire Medical Society District Officer. VS

– Carolyn Maher

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