An Easton physician has been named recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s 2018 Physician Award for International Voluntary Service.
Daniel Mascarenhas, MD, a cardio vascular disease specialist, won the award for his volunteer work with providing affordable cardiac care in India.
Specifically, Dr. Mascarenhas founded the Goa American Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization that places a strong emphasis on education, prevention, diagnostics, cardiovascular interventions, and after-care.
He also set up a pacemaker bank at Holy Family Hospital, Mumbai, India. This bank repurposes pacemakers collected in the U.S., re-sterilizes them in India, and implants them for indigent patients who would not live without one.
Dr. Mascarenhas has been recognized by numerous professional circles for his work with repurposed pacemakers.
- In 2012, Dr. Mascarenhas published data from patients who received these devices in India for articles in both the Annals of Internal Medicine and the American Journal of Cardiology.
- In 2018, he spoke on the subject at the Heart of Rhythm Society’s annual meeting.
Dr. Mascarenhas also set up the St. Vincent DePaul Free Clinic at Davorlim, Goa, India as well as started the PFN Mascarenhas Cardiac Diagnostic Clinic in Panaji, Goa, India.
In addition to being in full time private practice, Dr. Mascarenhas has an appointment as a clinical professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.
He is a 24-year member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Dr. Mascarenhas will formally be presented the award at the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s annual meeting in Hershey on October 27.
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