Two Central PA Physicians Win PAMED’s International Voluntary Service Award

Mukul Parikh, MD, and Richard Lanning, MD—two Central Pennsylvania physicians with a strong passion for medical volunteer work in underdeveloped countries—have been named co-recipients of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED’s) 2014 Physician Award for International Voluntary Service.

  Dr. Parikh, a practicing anesthesiologist at Riverside Anesthesia Associates and Pinnacle HealthSystem in Harrisburg and a 28-year PAMED member, has participated in more than a dozen surgical missions to the Philippines, India, Thailand, and Ethiopia. His family, including his wife and fellow anesthesiologist Neelima Parikh, MD, and his sons Ankur and Anuj, who also are physicians, often join him on his mission trips.

Dr. Parikh was nominated for the award by the Dauphin County Medical Society.

  Dr. Lanning, a practicing ophthalmologist at Pennsylvania Retina Specialists in Camp Hill and a 20-year PAMED member, went on his first mission trip to Saigon in 1998. He has since returned about twice a year. He has made four mission trips to Cambodia and one to North Vietnam. He also has sponsored three visits to the United States for a Vietnamese family in order for their daughter to have life-saving open heart surgery.  

Dr. Lanning was nominated for the award by the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology.

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