Erie Physician Wins Statewide ‘Everyday Hero’ Award

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2019

FOR RELEASE June 12, 2019
Paul Malaspina, MD, a general and trauma surgeon with UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa., has been named June’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. Malaspina’s dedication to helping others started early in his career when he worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT). It continues to this day in his role as a physician and outspoken advocate for the “Stop the Bleed” initiative to educate the public on bleeding control techniques.
Dr. Malaspina didn’t go to medical school until age 35. At that point, he already gained experience in emergency and trauma care through several career roles – first as an EMT, then a paramedic, and finally as a surgical physician assistant. 
Once he made the choice to attend medical school, he says, becoming a trauma surgeon was a natural progression for him.
Dr. Malaspina graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and came to Erie 20 years ago to work for Hamot Medical Center, now UPMC Hamot. He and his wife Debbie have been married for 35 years and have two children, Ryan and Angela.
Dr. Malaspina gives back to his community by offering education on Stop the Bleed, a program which teaches bleeding control techniques proven to save lives during emergencies.
He first became involved with Stop the Bleed when he served as governor of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Surgeons and caregivers involved in the Sandy Hook school shooting created the concept, which was then further developed by ACS in conjunction with partners like the White House and the U.S. Department of Defense.
“Dr. Malaspina is dedicated to the safety of our community and will go above and beyond the call of duty to help all patients,” said colleague Timothy Pelkowski, MD, who nominated Dr. Malaspina for the award. “Paul has focused on educating as many as possible on the ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign in our area.”
Dr. Malaspina is also a member of the Erie County Medical Society Board of Trustees.
Dr. Malaspina was presented the Everyday Hero Award during a brief ceremony at the UPMC Hamot on June 12.
Patients and medical colleagues can nominate PAMED member physicians for this award at
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