Longtime Norwalk clinic volunteer Alfred Wolfsohn, MD, and new Stamford clinic volunteer Robert Shapiro, MD, have been named co-medical directors of the new AmeriCares Free Clinic of Stamford. Dr. Wolfsohn has been volunteering since 1999; Dr. Shapiro joined with the opening of the Stamford clinic in January. Medical directors serve as advocates in the local community, provide guidance on clinic policies and procedures and assist with the recruitment of volunteer physicians.
Dr. Wolfsohn said he gets satisfaction knowing the treatment he provides will help a sick patient get well, return to work and provide for his family.
“Many of our patients don’t have paid sick time, so if they can’t work due to illness or injury it is tragic,” Dr. Wolfsohn said. “I am glad I can help get them back on their feet.”
Dr. Shapiro said the rewards were evident from day one.
“A man came up to me on my first day volunteering and shook my hand and said, ‘This is a very good thing you are doing,’ ” Dr. Shapiro said. “It gave me goose bumps.”