Rex L. Mahnensmith, M.D.
Oxford Who’s Who has inducted Dr. Rex L. Mahnensmith into the highest Professional Distinction “Top Tier of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Recognition” due to his outstanding contributions, achievements and leadership in the Healthcare and Education Industry. Dr. Mahnensmith is one of the few special honorees inducted based on his professional accomplishments, academic achievements, years of service, and his impeccable credentials. Dr. Mahnensmith has garnered a reputation of distinction for his extensive knowledge and experience in Medicine. Oxford Who’s Who proudly endorses Dr. Rex L. Mahnensmith an Iconic Force for his continuous stellar accomplishments.
Rex Mahnensmith was born in Indiana, where he grew up in the small, rural town of Bluffton. He loved baseball and basketball and determined to go to college where he could continue playing basketball while preparing to become a teacher, but a serious athletic injury interceded, and he was unable to walk for 3 months. Reflecting on these life changing events, he then decided he would become a physician and provide care like he received from his small town doctors. He attended college at Denison University in Ohio, also located in a town with a population of about 3000, majoring in Biology while completing required pre-medical studies. He was selected into the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society as a Junior student and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1973. He received a scholarship to Yale School of Medicine and graduated Cum Laude in 1977. He was singularly recognized as recipient of Yale's Berniker Award, an award presented at graduation ceremonies to the individual most exemplary of the Oath of Hippocrates and Prayer of Maimonides. During his residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT, Dr. Mahnensmith was recognized with The Kushlan Award, a recognition awarded by the Yale Internal Medicine Faculty as the resident who exhibited the best bedside manner and devotion to the care of patients. He was selected to serve as Chief Resident which tracked him into a teaching career. From 1984 through 2014, Dr. Mahnensmith served as Clinician-Educator at Duke Medical Center, Brown University Program in Medicine, and finally back at Yale, where he rose to the rank of Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Clinical Director of Nephrology. In each program, Dr. Mahnensmith was recognized as Teacher of the Year, Model Physician, and Exemplary Clinician-Educator. Dr. Mahnensmith precepted and taught medical students, nursing students, physician-associate students, interns, residents, and advanced fellows in various settings: bedside, various seminars, formal classroom settings, and in Yale'sMaster's Program. He states that he thoroughly enjoyed clinical teaching where he not only helped students and medical residents grow in medical knowledge that he knew would be put to use in the care of many, many people, but where he took extra time with each student and resident to inculcate into them a strong sense of "vocation" - what he calls "calling." Serving as a physician, he says, requires enduring dedication, compassion, and heart-felt concern for each and every person who comes with needs. It is a humble privilege and a servant-role, he taught and modeled. Educating has been a major passion and special commitment for Dr. Mahnensmith, but Dr. Mahnensmith also loves and has poured his heart and soul into primary patient care, consultant care, family crisis interventions, and the education of career-nurses in various settings, particularly Dialysis Clinic settings and Home Dialysis Programs. For years, he provided Medical Directorship for two free-standing community dialysis clinics in New Haven and Branford, Connecticut. In these roles, Dr. Mahnensmith led safe practices, directed Quality Improvement activities, and implemented many original patient-care-oriented Clinical Pathways for special clinical problems prevalent in the dialysis setting: Blood Pressure Care, Infection Control, Anemia Management, Nutritional Optimization, Bone Health Maintenance, and assuring the Adequacy of Delivered Dialysis. These Clinical Pathways received national recognition and were adopted and implemented by two national dialysis corporations. With over three decades of clinical experience, Dr. Mahnensmith is serving as internist specializing in primary preventative care with special focus in the care of patients with diabetes, hypertension, nephrolithiasis, kidney diseases and associated chronic disabilities. He has a special attraction to the care of the elderly and to the care of the underserved and underinsured. He currently serves patients daily at the StayWell Community Healthcare Center in Waterbury, CT. He cherishes this new chapter of clinical service, where he states he is able to take time to provide holistic primary care of many individuals who have complex and disabling burdens of illness, and who are not able to receive the holistic care they require because of their station in life. Dr. Mahnensmith attributes his career-successes to caring educators, the enduring love of his wife and family, and abiding relationships with his patients, who brought their concerns freely to him and stayed with him for care over years and years. These relationships have been nurturing and memorable. Living year by year with many, many patients, Dr. Mahnensmith discerned what helped, and what did not help so much. This natural feedback provided the growing foundation for more effective, and more compassionate care. When not providing direct care to patients, Dr. Mahnensmith enjoys bible study, community worship, gardening and taking walks or bike rides with his wife, spending time with his adult children and grandchildren as well as playing with his dogs.