Erie Doctor Honored with Everyday Hero Award
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.