Lahey Clinic President David Barrett, MD, named Honorary Medical Group Commander at Hanscom Air Force Base

Release Date: 02/17/2009

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Lahey Clinic President David Barrett, MD, named Honorary Medical Group Commander at Hanscom Air Force Base

BURLINGTON, MA—David M. Barrett, MD, president and CEO of Lahey Clinic, was named Honorary Medical Group Commander at Hanscom Air Force (AFB) Base in Bedford, MA, at a ceremony earlier this month.

The honorary group commander program is designed to increase public awareness of the armed forces and build relationships with the local community.

In all, there are six honorary commanders, and only one for medicine. They are assigned to each of the five Wings and one to the Electronic Systems Center, located at the base. Honorary commanders participate at the squadron level at commander's calls and morale-supporting events, experiencing life at Hanscom AFB; they also encourage Air Force recruiting by members of the community.

Dr. Barrett was a US Air Force flight surgeon during the Vietnam War. He graduated from the School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, and served at Cam Rahn Bay Air Base and Pleiku Air Force Base, both in Vietnam. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1972 and was honored with both a Bronze Star and an Air Medal (Five Oak Clusters) during his Air Force career.

“We are especially proud to have Dr. Barrett selected to serve as our medical group's honorary group commander,” said Col. Jackson Dobbins, commander, 66th Medical Group at Hanscom. “His distinguished background in medicine is made even more significant with his decorated history of service in our Air Force as a Special Operations flight surgeon. Dr. Barrett's wartime experience brings to our present day medical operations the true definition of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.”

After his two-year term, Dr. Barrett will earn the emeritus title.

Following his Air Force career, Dr. Barrett trained at the Mayo Clinic as a resident in general surgery and in urology, becoming a staff physician in 1975. He served as chair of the Department of Urology through the 1990s. Today, Dr. Barrett continues working as a Lahey urologist and teaches at Tufts University School of Medicine.


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