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Leonard W. Halpert, editorial page editor of The Buffalo News, will receive the Erie County Medical Society Media Award for his contributions to the public debate on health-care issues at the society's annual meeting tonight.

"The News has been of significant assistance to the medical society in our efforts to educate the public about such important issues as the medical liability crisis, mandatory Medicare assignments, AIDS, seat belt regulations and non-smoking policies," Dr. M. Luther Musselman, president of the society, wrote Halpert in informing him of his selection.

The 1,400-member organization bestows the award annually for "commitment to health care in the public interest."

Halpert received his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and his master's from Northwestern University. He began working at The Buffalo News in 1948 and has been editorial page editor since 1980.

The meeting in the Buffalo Hilton will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature a talk by Dr. Charles D. Sherman Jr., immediate past president of the New York State Medical Society, on "Increasing Challenges for Medicine in New York State."

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