Physician earns academic achievement award

SARANAC LAKE – Dr. Michael Upton, the medical director of the Colby Center for Behavioral Health at Adirondack Medical Center, was recently honored with a Service to Medicine and Community Award.

The award was presented by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine at the 2014 Medical Alumni Association’s annual reunion. The Service to Medicine and Community Award, established in 1984, is presented to graduates who have maintained a high standard of medical service, and who have achieved an outstanding record of community service or assumed other significant responsibilities in addition to their medical practice.

Dr. Upton has been a member of the Adirondack Health Medical Staff since 2008. After earning his Medical Degree in 1994, Dr. Upton completed his psychiatric residency at Dartmouth and returned to Burlington to begin his psychiatric practice in 1998. A native Vermonter, his family includes four generations of UVM College of Medicine graduates dating back to the 1890s.

The Colby Center for Behavioral Healthcareoffers access to patients seeking immediate expert care for a range of behavioral or mental health issues. Offered in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, the skilled and caring staff offers one-on-one care in a safe and modern treatment center. The Colby Center for Behavioral Healthcare offers access to the supportive services for those who live in or visit the Adirondack Region of northern New York.

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