Last Updated: Sep 17, 2018
(HARRISBURG, Pa. – 9/24/18) Eduardo Rueda Vasquez, MD, a physician who practices telepsychiatry in Williamsport and Lancaster, Pa., has been named September’s Everyday Hero by the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).
PAMED’s Everyday Hero Award is designed to showcase talented physicians who probably don’t view themselves as heroes, but to patients and colleagues they are. The award is a monthly member honor.
Dr. Rueda Vasquez has helped generations of military veterans manage trauma experienced during wars, from World War I to Desert Storm. He was also an early adopter of using telepsychiatry to treat his patients who were stationed in remote locations.
In 1995, Dr. Rueda Vasquez submitted a proposal to the then-Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to apply telepsychiatry to the prevention and treatment of combat stress and other mental disorders, whenever it became technologically possible.
Now, technology has advanced to the point where telemedicine and telepsychiatry have become a reality. In his current role, Dr. Rueda Vasquez provides outpatient telepsychiatry services to children and adults in the Community Services Group.
“He is such an inspiration to all the children that he sees here,” said Lisa Engel, a colleague of Dr. Rueda Vasquez’s who nominated him for the award. “Many are in such turmoil and crisis.”
Dr. Rueda Vasquez will formally be presented the Everyday Hero Award by PAMED at noon Sept. 24. A brief ceremony will be held at Community Services Group, 1000 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 110, Williamsport, Pa., 17701 (entrance 3).
Patients and medical colleagues can nominate PAMED member physicians for this monthly award at www.pamedsoc.org/EverydayHero.
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