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Dr. Fred Landes Joins BFMC Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center

GREENFIELD — Dr. Fred Landes has joined Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s medical staff as medical director of the hospital’s Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. The center is located in the Medical Office Building, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield.

A graduate of Hampshire College, Landes received his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. He completed an internship at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. He is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Following graduation from medical school, Landes worked as a family medicine physician for Indian Health Service hospitals in Eagle Butte, S.D. and Browning, Mont. The hospitals were exclusively for tribal members, with the exceptions of emergencies such as cardiac arrest or labor.

“I worked with Cheyenne River Sioux and Blackfoot tribes in South Dakota and Montana,” he recalled. “I even tried to learn the Sioux language, but I wasn’t too successful with that.” He noted that the reservation was about the size of Connecticut, but with only about 5,000 inhabitants, so one could drive for an hour or so without ever seeing another person. “That was quite an eye-opener for a Brooklyn boy.”

It was during his work on the reservations that Landes decided to pursue emergency medicine. “An individual came in with cardiac arrest, and I was the sole physician available to resuscitate him. It was that case that made me decide I wanted to go into emergency medicine.”

Landes completed his emergency medicine residency at Lincoln Hospital and Mental Health Center, Bronx, N.Y. He has held positions in emergency departments in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and has had extensive wound-care experience, both as medical director of the Wound Healing Center of the Berkshires, Healogic Inc., and, most recently, as wound care physician at the Center for Wound Healing, Brattleboro, Vt.

“I have found wound care to be both interesting and rewarding,” Landes said. “I enjoy having a long-term relationship with my patients and seeing them through to a much healthier lifestyle than they had before they came to the Wound Center.” He also greatly appreciates his staff at the Wound Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. “It is great to be working with a team that is both compassionate and professional.”

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