Last Updated: Jul 17, 2020
David Almeida, MD, MBA, PhD, a vitreoretinal eye surgeon from Erie, has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) as the July Everyday Hero.
PAMED’s Everyday Hero Award is designed to showcase talented physicians who probably do not view themselves as heroes, but to patients and colleagues they are. Dr. Almeida raised nearly $6,000 for a local food bank by running 50 miles in late May at a personal best of 8 hours and 17 minutes.
“Physicians have been leaders in helping make people’s lives better during these tough times,” said Lawrence John, MD, president at PAMED. “Dr. Almeida serves as another example of a physician making a difference. We salute Dr. Almeida for all of his efforts.”
Dr. Almeida was born in Portugal and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He first trained as a pharmaceutical researcher before becoming a physician.
In 2019, Dr. Almeida moved to Erie and joined Erie Retinal Surgery, which diagnoses and treats all medical and surgical conditions of the vitreous, retina and macula.
“My parents always instilled in me the idea that wherever you are, you have to make your community better,” Dr. Almeida said. “You can’t just use resources without giving back. That place should be better because you’re there, not the other way around.”
Dr. Almeida had been a competitive squash player. But with a young family and a busy work schedule, finding time for sports and exercise became more challenging in recent years. He began running early in the morning to stay in shape in 2019. He now trains for ultra-marathons.
Dr. Almeida’s new interest in running gave him the idea to raise money for the Second Harvest food bank in Erie. About 40 people contributed to the fundraiser.
“It was kind of like ‘I’ll run so you don’t have to,’ ” Dr. Almeida said with a laugh. “There are plenty of miles for everyone.”
He earned a PhD in Pharmaceutical Drug Research at the University of Szeged in Hungary and an MBA in healthcare management at George Washington University. He then completed his medical degree and ophthalmology residency at Queen’s University in Canada and vitreoretinal diseases/surgery fellowship at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Almeida has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and more than 150 national and international conference and keynote presentations. During his free time, Dr. Almeida loves to spend time with his wife Jasmine and his three children, Max, Leo and Paloma.
Jeff Wirick, Pennsylvania Medical Society
About the Pennsylvania Medical Society
PAMED is a physician-led, member-driven organization representing all physicians and medical students throughout the state. We advocate for physicians and their patients, educate physicians through continuing medical education, and provide expert resources and guidance to help physicians and their organizations navigate challenges in today’s ever-evolving health care system. For more information, visit www.pamedsoc.org