An Erie doctor has been honored by the Pennsylvania Medical Society with an Everyday Hero Award.

The statewide honor was given Wednesday to Dr. Paul Malaspina, a trauma surgeon at UPMC Hamot.

Malaspina did not go to medical school until he was 35-years-old. Before then, he was an EMT and a paramedic.

He has been an advocate for the Stop the Bleed initiative, which educates the public on bleeding control techniques.

Malaspina teaches seminars on the Stop the Bleed program and said becoming a trauma surgeon was a natural progression for him.

The award is given each month to showcase talented doctors who do not usually consider themselves heroes.