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Dr. Benjamin B. Caplan, a medical philanthropist, has served mankind around the world. A physician and psychiatrist in Columbus for over forty years, he has provided volunteer services to the health care and education of underprivileged youth and adults.
Dr. Caplan served as a medical missionary for over 50 years, visiting 114 countries, including three tours of duty as a volunteer physician in Vietnam and Cambodia. He personally immunized 22,500 children in Bolivia against polio in 1970, subsidizing the cost with his own money. He has contributed funds to foundations for health care and education in numerous foreign countries.
He has been honored by the governments of six foreign countries, and received over ninety city, state, and national awards and commendations for his humanitarian works. This caring, compassionate man has improved the quality of thousands of lives worldwide.