BOSTON (June 25, 2009) - Dan S. Landmann, MD (right), a senior resident at New England Eye Center at Tufts Medical Center is the recipient of the 2009 Massachusetts Medical Society's Information Technology Award. A student from the University of Massachusetts Medical School also received this award. Each recipient will receive $2,500.
Presented annually by the state medical society to one medical student and one resident, fellow, or intern, the honor recognizes the development of an information technology tool that helps physicians practice medicine, teach medicine, or pursue clinical research. The awards were presented at the Society’s Annual Meeting on May 7 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston.
Landmann, while volunteering in Guatemala in August of 2008 as a member of the surgical team of Hospital de la Familia Foundation, noticed the lack of communication between groups and created an information technology vehicle to solve the problem: an easy-to-use website to facilitate communication so all participants could communicate with past, present, and future volunteers. This eliminated a bottle-neck in transferring information, thereby improving quality patient care in a third world country. He also helped to build an ophthalmology clinic and surgery center, and was part of a team that performed over 100 cataract surgeries.
A graduate of Tufts University School of Engineering with a B.S. Magna Cum Laude in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, he earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts in 2003 and his M.D. from the Tufts University School of Medicine in 2005. Dan will earn his fifth degree from Tufts when he completes his fellowship in Oculo-Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, having just finished his residency here as well.
He is the founder and president of DrMail.MD Communications, a company providing personal and professional e-mail to physicians and is the lead physician and engineer at an Ophthalmic Device Company, working on novel medical device development.
He is also co-chair of the Young Health Professional Group of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, which unites physicians, consultants, biotech and medical device professionals through education, philanthropy and volunteerism.
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