PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's chief physician has earned the 2012 Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health from the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Dr. Philip Adamo, city physician and the voluntary chairman of the Board of Health, will be presented the award at the organization's annual Public Health Forum on April 11 at the society's headquarters in Waltham.
Named after a leading figure in medicine and public health in the 19th century, the award is presented to a Massachusetts physician who demonstrates creativity, commendable citizenship, initiative, innovation and leadership in the public health and advocacy fields.
As chairman of the city's Health Department, Adamo has addressed such issues as city blight, mosquito control, body art regulations, and cleanup of contaminants, and has encouraged collaboration with other local health departments in the areas of vaccinations, smoking cessation and wellness campaigns.
He is board certified in internal and occupational medicine and is in the private practice of occupation medicine services in Pittsfield, serving employers and employees throughout Berkshire County. He is also the medical director of Griffin Hospital Occupational Medical Center in Shelton, Conn., and, on April 16, will become medical director of the University of Massachusetts Memorial Health System and Medical School.
Adamo has been an assistant professor of medicine at UMass Medical School since 1997 and created the curriculum for installing occupational and environmental medicine into the Residency Program at Berkshire Medical Center. He is a former member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's House of Delegates and from 2004-2006 was president of the Berkshire District Medical Society. He is vice president of the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a member of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Sharps Injury Prevention Advisory Committee, and a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society's Interspecialty Committee.
He received his bachelor's degree from Fordham University and his medical degree from the Universidad Del Noreste in Mexico, with clinical training at UMass Medical School. He completed his internship and residency at Berkshire Medical Center and received a master's in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 23,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.massmed.org.
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