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Jack B. McConnell, MD Award Winner

Retired anesthesiologist wins Jack B. McConnell, MD, volunteerism award

Dr. Matthew Mandel, the Jack B. McConnell, MD Award winner, was recently honored at the Excellence in Medicine Award Program in February 2013.

Retired anesthesiologist wins Jack B. McConnell, MD, volunteerism award

Matthew Mandel, MD, a retired anesthesiologist from Stockbridge, Mass., who helped establish a free health care clinic for uninsured and low-income residents, is the recipient of this year's Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award for Excellence in Volunteerism.

Dr. Mandel is vice chair and a founding member of Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, an organization that has served nearly 2,000 patients and logged more than 15,000 office visits since its founding in 2004. He has recruited 55 volunteer physicians and other clinical providers - both active and retired—to provide services at the clinic.

Dr. Mandel's ongoing recruiting of off-site specialists has resulted in a network of 18 specialists who oversee Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires patients on a referral basis and at no charge. More than 400 patients have received free specialist referrals.

The McConnell award is one of the AMA Foundation's annual Excellence in Medicine Awards, which are presented in association with Pfizer Inc. Dr. Mandel received the award Feb. 11 during this year's Excellence in Medicine Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., which took place as part of the AMA National Advocacy Conference.

2012 Winner, Dr. Everett Rhoades

Dr. Everett Rhoades, the 2012 Jack B. McConnell, MD Award winner, was honored at the Excellence in Medicine Award Program in February 2012. He is pictured alongside Owen Garrick, MD, President, AMA Foundation; Peter Carmel, MD, President, AMA; and Jack Watters, MD, Vice President of External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc.