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NSMC Physicians Receive Top Honor
4/19/2010

Salem, Mass. – North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) honored Lawrence Block, M.D., F.A.C.C., and Patricia Walsh, M.D., with the 2010 Physician of Excellence Award, at a ceremony at the Salem Country Club. The Physician of Excellence Award is considered the highest honor among NSMC’s medical staff, and recognizes physicians who have made outstanding contributions to NSMC, the medical profession and the community.

Dr. Block, a Swampscott resident, practices at North Shore Cardiovascular Associates in Lynn and Salem. He is recognized by his peers for his dedication to disease prevention through healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices.

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Block earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Faulkner Hospital where he was chief resident. Dr. Block served as chief of cardiology at NSMC Union Hospital from 1992 to 2006. He also created and served as medical director for NSMC’s Living Well with Heart Failure program, which later became a template for similar programs throughout the Partners HealthCare network.

Dr. Block has been an elected member of the Swampscott Board of Health since 2002, where he works to find ways of reducing the community’s exposure to environmental toxins.

Dr. Walsh, a Boston resident, earned the honor in recognition of her compassion and skill in caring for geriatric patients on the North Shore. She currently serves as vice chair of the Psychiatry Department and is medical director of geriatric psychiatry at NSMC.

Board certified in psychiatry, Dr. Walsh received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. There, she served as chief resident on the Worcester State Hospital admissions unit and the emergency psychiatric service during her final year.

Dr. Walsh has special interests in emergency room psychiatry, substance abuse/dual diagnosis and public sector psychiatry. She is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association.
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