Harvard Graduate Dr. Frank Carbone Jr. is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Lifetime Achievement Award
Waltham, Mass. - Harvard College graduate (1960) Frank Carbone Jr., M.D. has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2016 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a member of the Society who has made lasting contributions to the practice of medicine over a lifetime in health care delivery, patient care, education, and administration and who has made significant contributions to the goals of the Society. He will receive the award, the Society's most prestigious honor, at the organization's annual meeting in Boston on May 5.
In nominating him for the award, his colleagues noted his many years of leadership activities in organized medicine at the local, state, and national levels. Physicians cited his "key roles in mentoring and developing leaders at both the Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Medical Association, by encouraging physicians young and old to participate, get involved, and represent the physician-patient relationship."
A member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 1970, Dr. Carbone has served the state organization in many capacities. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1995 and is a member of the House of Delegates, Strategic Planning Committee, and the Task Force on Presidential Duties. He served a total of 16 years as chair of the Committee on Nominations and has chaired the Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) since 1998. In 2005, he originated the Society's Ambassador Program, a leadership development initiative in which he continues to participate as a mentor. He is also a past president of the Essex South District Medical Society, which honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and its Community Clinician of the Year Award in 2009.
On the national level, he has been chairman of the New England Caucus of the American Medical Association's Organized Medical Staff Section since 1996 and was a member for seven years of the Physician's Advisory Committee of The Joint Commission, the national organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations throughout the U.S.
Dr. Carbone began a solo practice in internal medicine in Beverly in 1970, and the practice eventually expanded to 18 physicians serving the three communities of Beverly, Danvers, and Ipswich. In 1993, the practice became part of Lahey Clinic.
Dr. Carbone was on the medical staff of Beverly Hospital for four decades, serving as a member of the Executive Committee and as President of the Medical Staff. From 1994-2013, he was on staff of the Lahey Clinic and was appointed to the Lahey Health System Emeritus Staff in 2013, when he retired from the active practice of medicine.
Among many activities at the community level, Dr. Carbone has chaired the Beverly Board of Health since 1974 and has served as medical director of the Blueberry Hill Nursing Home in Beverly and the Masconomet Health Center in Topsfield.
In 1960, Frank graduated cum laude, majoring in Social Relations, from Harvard College (where he was a member of Eliot House). Dr. Carbone earned his M.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. At medical school, he was class president for three years, served as president of the student council, and was the recipient of the Roche Award, given for medical leadership. He served his internship at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital at Dartmouth College and his residency at the Medical Center of Vermont, where he became Chief Resident.
Dr. Carbone is a military veteran, serving as a Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force with the rank of Captain during the Vietnam Conflict. He resides in Beverly, Mass.
The Massachusetts Medical Society, with some 25,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society, under the auspices of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education providing accredited and certified activities across the globe for physicians and other health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.