A Midstate doctor known for performing thousands of free surgeries around the world received national honors for being an outstanding immigrant.
Dr. Domingo Alvear of Mechanicsburg received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in New York City. He was one of 90 people recognized this year.
Alvear is a pediatric surgeon at PinnacleHealth’s Harrisburg Hospital and the founder of The World Surgical Foundation. Alvear travels the world providing free surgeries to the needy and education for doctors and nurses.
Alvear is the only the second Filipino to receive the award.
“It is incredible. Never in my wildest dream would this happen, because it is a real honor for immigrants to get this award,” Alvear said. “This is really not for me, it’s for the Filipinos, make them proud.”
Six presidents have received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, as well Bob Hope, Muhammad Ali, and Rosa Parks.
NECO has been giving out the award since 1986.