Congratulations to Christian Macedonia, M.D. for being the Emerald Co-Hometown Hero for the month of February!
Christian Macedonia M.D. is a physician and surgeon currently serving families of Lancaster who struggle to bring healthy children into the world. Dr. Macedonia grew up in Carlisle and graduated from Bucknell University before joining the US Army in 1985. His 27 years of military service included combat and non-combat roles as a soldier, surgeon, educator, scientist, and senior executive. On 9/11 he was a first-responder to the attack on Washington DC as part of the medical unit attached to the US Park Service SWAT Team. During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge (Battle of Fallujah). In his final assignments, he commanded the “Gray Team”, an organization commissioned by the Chairman of the JCS, dedicated to improving care of our wounded, particularly those suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and comforting the families of those who completed suicide. In that role, he worked with America’s elite medical institutions as well as leaders of similar efforts in the civilian world. This included close collaboration with the NYPD and FDNY, through POPPA (Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance). Colonel Macedonia retired from uniform in 2012 and moved to Lancaster in 2014, eventually co-founding Lancaster Maternal Fetal Medicine. With the outbreak of COVID19 and the initial lack of locally available PPE, he helped bring together a group of concerned citizens dedicated to ensuring our front-line heroes and first responders received the protection they needed. From this collaboration, Operation Emerald was formed.
The Emerald Hometown Hero award was created in 2015 in partnership with Lancaster Barnstormers to recognize and honor outstanding individuals in our local community who have worked to make Lancaster and our world a better place through hard work, inspiration, sacrifice and leadership.