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Medical board honors doctor with award

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 1, 2004

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The Florida Board of Medicine recognized Shamsher Singh, MD, a dermatologist in Port St. Lucie, Fla. as the October recipient of the chair's Recognition Award, which is given to physicians who exemplify outstanding contributions to the medical profession and public service.

After Hurricane Frances, Dr. Singh contributed $250,000 to St. Lucie County to help the elderly recover. The contribution provided much needed medication, food and supplies to rebuild damaged homes. Dr. Singh's inspiration to help was repeated throughout Florida by other physicians who contributed time, space and funds and took over workloads of others so they could tend to hurricane victims, the board said.

"Dr. Singh is an outstanding physician and one of the leaders among many physicians who sacrifice, volunteer and contribute in Florida's time of need," said Florida Dept. of Health Secretary John Agwunobi, MD, MPH. "Dr. Singh merits the highest commendation for his contribution to the community."

Board chair Lisa Tucker, MD, said, "By presenting this award, Florida physicians have the opportunity to learn from Dr. Singh's compassion and dedication."

Dr. Singh was unable to attend the board's October meeting because his practice was destroyed by hurricane Jeanne. He is scheduled to receive his award at the December meeting.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/11/01/prbf1101.htm.

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