Jack B. McConnell, MD Award Winner
Dr. Samuel A. Cassell, the Jack B. McConnell, MD Award winner, was recently honored at the Excellence in Medicine Award Program in June 2014.
Each year, the AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Awards recognize a select group of physicians who exemplify the medical profession's highest values: leadership, community service and dedication to treating underserved patients. Dr. Cassell received the Jack B. McConnell MD Award for Excellence in Volunteerism, which honors a senior (older than 55 years) physician's commitment to volunteer medical care provided to those without access to health care in the United States.
Samuel A. Cassell, MD, was led to his post-retirement career as founding chair of the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative after traveling abroad for medical trips to the Far East and to Haiti. In 2009, Dr. Cassell and a team of dedicated individuals created a five-day-a-week health center offering free health care for working, low-income, uninsured residents of Bergen County, New Jersey. Five years into its existence, the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) has 65 medical volunteers and staff who care for some 1,000 patients in 6,000 medical visits annually. A retired internist with a sub-specialty in pulmonary medicine, Dr. Cassell entered medicine in 1965, accumulating a CV packed with private practice, teaching, and a number of leadership positions at Barnert Hospital, in Paterson, N.J.
Dr. Cassell was honored during this year's Excellence in Medicine Awards dinner in Chicago, IL on June 6. He continues to serve as an active Trustee, a key recruiter of volunteer talent, an active fundraiser, and a medical referral coordinator at the Healthcare Center.
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.
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.