Visalia Medical Clinic plastic surgeon Alex Lechtman named Physician of the Year
VISALIA – Community service is often times portrayed as handing out canned goods to those less fortunate, picking up garbage in the park or helping youth clean up their community. Rarely do folks tend to think about a doctor offering his well crafted skills as community service, but it happens. And just as a community services coordinator should be recognized so too should the doctor.
Just recently Alex Lechtman, MD, was honored as the “George Tiss Physician of the Year” by the Tulare County Medical Society, in recognition of his community service.
The late George Tiss set the example of selfless devotion to the well-being of all people in the community, and donated services to the indigent and charitable groups for over 40 years.
Dr. Lechtman, a plastic surgeon with the Visalia Medical Clinic’s Aesthetic Center, has been donating his services to underserved youth and adults since he was in medical school in the early 1990s. He continues to volunteer with InterFACE, a group of physicians that travels to Mexico to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries on children and adults. He also helps with cleft lip and cleft palates in Tulare County through his affiliation with Kaweah Delta Health Care District.
“As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Lechtman has a skill that can change lives, and he willingly donates his time and expertise to do just that,” added Richard Strid, executive director of the Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation. “We are pleased to see him receive this well-deserved honor.”
Visalia Medical Clinic, an affiliate of the Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation, offers the expertise of more than 50 providers. VMC also offers a lab, imaging including CT and MRI, extended hours through the QuickCare walk-in clinic, a Sleep Disorders Center, as well as a Physical Therapy Department all in one location at 5400 W. Hillsdale, Visalia. The clinic is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; with extended and weekend hours at QuickCare. For information, call 739-2000 or visit www.vmchealth.com.