Boston, Sept. 1, 2016 – Dr. Richard Heinzl, Global Medical Director for WorldCare International, Inc. (WorldCare), has received the Alumni Award of Merit from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This prestigious award has been recognizing leaders in the health field since 1992.
As a physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Heinzl founded the Canadian chapter of the non-profit Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, in 1988. This was the first North American chapter of the Nobel Prize-winning organization, and Dr. Heinzl was its first field volunteer. His travels have taken him to over 75 countries, and he has worked with displaced persons and refugees in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. His memoir Cambodia Calling describes his experience in rehabilitating the provincial health care system in Cambodia after the atrocities committed in the country during the 1970s and 1980s.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit is the highest honor bestowed on graduates of the School and recognizes a significant career in the field of public health. The Award recognizes professional excellence in the field of public health as expressed by advancement of its science, improvement of its community practice, leadership of its institutions, or contributions to the growth and accomplishments of its future professionals.
“It’s been a tremendous privilege working with such a vitally important organization that works to serve the most vulnerable people on Earth. Health must be a fundamental right of every human being.” said Dr. Heinzl, Global Medical Director, WorldCare.
“Dr. Heinzl is an accomplished physician and humanitarian who truly exemplifies WorldCare’s mission of improving the quality of health care worldwide,” said Hassan Sharif, President and Chief Operating Officer, WorldCare International, Inc. “We are proud to have such a dedicated and outstanding doctor as our Global Medical Director, and we are extremely pleased to hear that he has been chosen as the recipient of this recognition.”
WorldCare’s mission is to improve the quality of health care worldwide by maximizing timely, efficient and strategic access to the best in health care. For more than 20 years, WorldCare has provided members and physicians with the highest quality medical second opinions in the world with access to more than 20,500 U.S. based specialists at the WorldCare Consortium®, which includes Massachusetts General Hospital and Mayo Clinic.