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Distinguished Dozen Honors: JABA Board Member Dr. Richard Lindsay

Daily Progress, December 31, 2016 — Dr. Richard Lindsay’s medical training started when he was a youngster, often with servings of milk and cookies.
 
In later years, his medical education escalated to dealing with sobering situations such as ghastly subway accidents in New York City and drug overdoses. During the late 1960s, while serving as a U.S. Army doctor at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he learned how to treat grievous battlefield injuries.
 
As Lindsay matured as a person and physician, he came to fully appreciate the foundational medical knowledge he received as a youngster. This structural underpinning had more to do with the value of service than basic life-saving considerations such as stopping bleeding and clearing airways.
 
“My father and grandfather were country doctors, and, as a boy, I would accompany my dad on house calls,” Lindsay said recently as he reflected on his childhood in a New York town of about 3,500 souls. “He would see the patients, and family members would bring me milk and cookies.”   
 
“My dad, without a doubt, was the leading citizen in the town, and everybody respected him. I came to realize that, by golly, this is a man who is really contributing and doing something for people. I admired that a great deal.
 
“I learned that, in addition to the personal satisfaction you get from being a physician and helping people, there is a tremendous role you play in terms of helping the community in many, many ways.”
 
To this end, Lindsay co-founded the University of Virginia School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine. After deciding to concentrate his medical efforts on geriatrics, he founded the Division of Geriatrics at the university.
 
Dr. Claudette Dalton said that when Lindsay founded the Division of Geriatrics, he was “virtually the only” doctor at UVa specializing in the care of older patients. Since then, a great many doctors have been trained in this increasingly in-demand discipline. READ MORE

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