Jeffrey Blake, MD named “Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year”

Jeffrey W. Blake, M.D., Board Member and clinical volunteer at Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM), has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2016 recipient of its Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award.

“This is terrific!” said Dr. Blake.  “It’s very nice to be recognized, but in a way, it’s a greater honor for VIM for providing the kind of opportunity for volunteer doctors to serve our patients.  We do it because we love to do it.”

Dr. Blake is one of the founding members of VIM, has served on its Board of Trustees for 11 years and has been instrumental in its growth since it was established in 2004.  Over the last dozen years, he has volunteered more than 3,500 hours of direct patient care, and for six years, he served as Co-Medical Director of VIM.

“In addition to the many hours Jeff has devoted to VIM and its patients, he and his wife Julie have made significant and consistent financial contributions to help fund the clinic’s operations,” said VIM Board Chair Arthur Peisner.  “He continues to serve as an inspiration to clinicians, volunteers and donors alike.”

Dr. Blake has served on VIM’s Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance Committee, is currently a member of its Clinical Services Committee, and volunteers seven to eight clinical hours each week caring for patients. He played a key role in developing VIM’s first Shared Medical Appointment pilot program, where patients with the same diagnosis meet at one time to see the provider; get ancillary information, treatment and education about their particular disease; and share their experiences with each other.

A graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons with an M.D., Dr. Blake is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Nuclear Cardiology. From 1981-1997, he served as the Director of Nuclear Cardiology at the Westchester County (N.Y.) Medical Center.

Each year, the Massachusetts Medical Society recognizes a senior member who has shown a commitment to volunteerism and to sharing medical experience and expertise. This is the second honor for a VIM volunteer doctor.  In 2012, VIM Berkshires co-founder Matthew Mandel, MD was also honored as Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year by the Massachusetts Medical Society.