"Seeing a patient do well is my greatest satisfaction."
A self-proclaimed "Army brat," Edmund Hornstein, MD, was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and traveled much of the country - Georgia to Hawaii - in his youth. Like his father before him, he served in the Army, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 2004.
A graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington, Dr. Hornstein earned his DO at the University of New England College Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, and followed with his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia.
"I always wanted to become a doctor," shares the engaging physician, "and was very fortunate to have received an Army Health Professions Scholarship. The scholarship not only paid for my medical education, it gave me the opportunity to train at some of the best hospitals in the nation including completing a Fellowship in Rheumatology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center while at the same time it allowed me the honor and privilege of serving my country as an Army medical officer."
Presently, Dr. Hornstein is Chief of the Rheumatology Division here at BMC, as well as Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMMS. He is also Secretary/Treasurer of the Medical Executive Committee, and serves as a teaching attending on the inpatient medical wards. "There are multiple levels of fulfillment in my profession," he adds. "Seeing a patient do well is my greatest satisfaction."
Dr. Hornstein hosts The Berkshire Health Program, a Pittsfield Community Cable TV educational program which focuses on health care topics pertinent to the needs of the community. He was also Resident's choice for "Teacher of the Year," in 1997-98, and has won numerous Military Awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Assault Badge and Meritorious Service Medal.
Dr. Hornstein was attracted to the Berkshires following a trip here in 1997. "I grew up in Rhode Island, and thought of Massachusetts in terms of communities like New Bedford, Fall River, Worcester, Boston and its suburbs," he fondly recalls. "Then I saw the beautiful hills and countryside that is the Berkshires, and fell in love with the place."
An avid sports fan of the Red Sox and Patriots, Dr. Hornstein also considers himself an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys fishing, hiking, beekeeping, mushroom hunting, and maple sugaring.
Dr. Hornstein resides in Hinsdale with his wife, Vickie, a homemaker and dance instructor who is trained as a physical therapist. They have two college-age daughters; Tori, majoring in public relations at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University and Katie, attending the University of Massachusetts for art and graphic design.