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Koppelman earns Distinguished Service Award

HOLYOKE Claudia L. Koppelman, M.D., Board Certified Internist was presented the "2005 Award for Distinguished Service to the Massachusetts Medical Society" at the Society's Interim Meeting of its House of Delegates on Dec. 3 at the Westin Waltham Hotel.

The award is given by the Massachusetts Medical Society to a member physician that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the goals of the Medical Society through leadership and committee work.

"Since opening her solo private practice in1989, Dr. Koppelman has taken time from her busy practice to advocate on behalf of patients and physicians," said Massachusetts Medical Society President Alan M. Harvey, M.D., M.B.A. in presenting the Award. "Dr. Koppelman's leadership, commitment and willingness to share her talents by participating in Organized Medicine, serves as a wonderful model for all MMS members and physicians alike."

"As an active member of Hampden District Medical Society and the Massachusetts Medical Society, Dr. Koppelman has contributed many innovative ideas to the goals of organized medicine," said Dr. Harvey. "A leader who accepts challenges, Dr. Koppelman listens and respects all opinions and possesses the ability to guide consensus."

In addition to serving as a delegate to the Medical Society's House of Delegates for the last 11 years, Dr. Koppelman is an active member of the Medical Society's Board of Directors, Committee on Nominations and Finance Committee. She has also served on the Committee on Women in Medicine, Member Services Committee and a number of Task Forces. Since 2001 she has served as the appointed Chair of the Committee on Strategic Planning.

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