Charles Halasz, MD, Yale College 1973, Wins Award for 20 Years of Distinguished Community Service

In this grim honorless age of evil greedy Trump, there is yet some great good in the world. Yale College (1973) and University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1977) graduate Charles Halasz, MD, has just been awarded Americares Free Clinics' prestigious 2018 Dr. Patch Adams Award for over 20 years of distinguished community service to low-income patients with no insurance or not eligible for government support. Dr. Halasz is a Norwalk, Connecticut dermatologist, who is also board-certified in internal medicine. Dr. Halasz is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Columbia Univristy’s College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City. The Dr. Patch Adams award was presented as part of the Fairfield County Medical Association (FCMA) Physician Extraordinaire Award Ceremony October 25. Dr. Halasz’s low-income patients, over 200 each year for over 20 years, are typically refugees from foreign countries and continents such as Nepal, the former Yugoslavia, Central America, and South America. When Americares opened its first free clinic, in Norwalk, CT, two decades ago, Dr. Halasz was one of the clinic's first volunteers. He provided his expert medical services for no charge in order to help people in need. And he has done so now for over 20 years. Below are comments given at the ceremony by the award presenters and by Charley himself. Suffice it to say that this is a great and well-deserved award that recognizes Dr. Halasz’s extraordinary compassion and nobility of soul. One of the presenters said the following: “Patch Adams said, ‘The unencumbered practice of care is an ecstatic experience worth paying to do.’ Dr. Patch Adams is a real physician. When most people hear the name Patch Adams, they think of Robin Williams (star of the Patch Adams movie).
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