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Mercy Medical Center’s Polito receives foundation’s award

Dr. Albert Polito

Dr. Albert Polito, director of The Lung Center and chief, of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Mercy Medical Center, in Baltimore, has won the Mildred Mindell Foundation’s 2011 Humanitarian Award.

To honor Dr. Polito and benefit Mercy, on May 22 the Mindell Foundation will host A Tasting at the Station at Green Spring Station in Lutherville, with all proceeds going toward advanced diagnostic methods and treatments for lung disorders.

Before joining Mercy in 2005, Dr. Polito worked at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center. He was an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and remains on the Hopkins faculty. Dr. Polito is the Maryland governor for the American College of Chest Physicians.

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Albert J. Polito, M.D.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University for medical school.
Resides in: Fell’s Point (for the past 18 years!)
Daily commute: 10 minutes door-to-door from home to Mercy.
Most recent vacation: Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, with my wife and two daughters last month.
Hobbies: Cooking, playing piano, reading.
Favorite book: “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. A perfect book. I know it was written for children, but it’s a beautiful depiction of friendship and the passage of time. I can’t wait to read it to my daughters.
Most recently read: “The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen. Could I have been slower at getting around to reading this one? It was published in 2001 — everyone is already reading his next novel, “Freedom.”
Favorite food: Pasta! My father’s family emigrated from southern Italy (Naples), so we always called it macaroni when I was growing up. And yes, we always had it with gravy!
Favorite quotation: From Aesop’s fable of “The Lion and the Mouse”: “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”

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