National Organization Honors BMC Emergency Physician

PITTSFIELD — An Emergency Department physician at Berkshire Medical Center has been named Volunteer of the Year for 2003 by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF).
The NHF made the announcement honoring Michael Coyne, MD at its annual meeting in Salt Lake City on Nov. 8.

Coyne, who has been an attending physician in the BMC emergency department since 1987, was honored for a record of work for NHF that has “contributed significantly to helping the organization meet its mission and goals.”

Coyne, who has served on NHF’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee where he advocated for numerous critical medical and research issues on behalf of the bleeding disorders community, was presented the award by NHF president Jordan Lurie. In making the presentation, Lurie lauded Coyne for being, “diligent and dogged in pursuing improved therapies for our community.”

Coyne has served two terms on NHF’s board of directors, chaired NHF’s Research for a Cure committee and conducted lectures and has authored articles on emergency care for hemophilia patients and on gene therapy. He currently co-chairs NHF’s Gene Therapy Working Group.

Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Coyne has served on the BMC Trauma, Service Assessment, and Emergency Department Renovation Committees. He is a fellow of the Association of Emergency Physicians and underwent his residency training at BMC. He earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Coyne is active in the community, serving as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 1 of the Boy Scouts of America in Pittsfield.

Established in 1948, the mission of the NHF is education, research, and advocacy on behalf of people with bleeding disorders. The group has a national presence with chapters throughout the country and an intricate communications network bringing health care professionals and consumers the latest bleeding disorders news and information, along with a wide variety of other resources.