Massachusetts Medical Society: Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Matters

Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Matters

Enhances MMS policy, advocacy, and education on LGBTQ health and professional issues, advocates for better access to care for LGBTQ patients, educates physicians across the Commonwealth about the unique health care issues facing LGBTQ patients, creates a relationship with the AMA advisory committee on LGBTQ issues, increases MMS membership and participation of physicians with an interest in LGBTQ issues, and provides a dedicated forum for involvement, mentoring, and networking for LGBTQ physicians and medical students. This committee meets approximately 6-8 times per year. 

Download the  MMS Nondiscrimination Policy (.pdf, 1 page)

Committee Members
Aditya Chandrasekhar, Norfolk, Chair
Nicole R. Mushero, Norfolk, Vice Chair
Valerie J. Fein-Zachary, Suffolk
David P. Norton, Hampshire
Reiner See, Suffolk
Carl G. Streed, Jr., Suffolk
Joseph Watson, Suffolk

Resident and Fellow:  
Member: Majd Alsoubani, Suffolk

Medical Students:  
Member: Nicholas Nasser, Suffolk
Alternate: Jason Park, Suffolk
Alliance Liaisons:  
Member: Margaret Igne  
Alternate: Open

Marian C. Craighill, Suffolk
Christopher M. Palmer, Middlesex
Vincent C. Smith, Norfolk

MMS Staff Liaison 
Erin Tally (

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LGBTQ Health Disparities Grants to Medical Students and Residents/Fellows

The purpose of the LGBTQ Research Grant program is to encourage and incorporate cultural competency training early in medical education to make strides towards improving the health care quality, access and equity for LGBTQ patients in the commonwealth. To that end, the Massachusetts Medical Society seeks to:

  • Fund projects in curriculum development or production of research that addresses lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health disparities. 
  • Fund projects that demonstrate thoughtful review of existing conditions/environment and opportunities for diminishing health disparities in the LGBTQ population.  

Eligibility: Medical students and residents/fellows who are MMS members from Massachusetts institutions may apply for the grant.

Application and Guidelines. (Word doc) 

The application is extended, due by 4:00 pm on October 4, 2019, to the MMS Committee on LGBTQ Matters. Please submit via email to

LGBTQ Fall Mixer

A dinner gathering for state-wide LGBT physicians, medical students and allies

Club Cafe
209 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02116 

Thursday, October 24, 2019     
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Prix Fixe Menu:  $20 per person (includes tax and tips)
Cash Bar 

Meet and network with other LGBTQ medical students and physicians from around the state.  At this event, Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, MD will receive the MMS 2018 LGBTQ Health Award, an honor recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to LGBTQ health. 

To register for this event, click here 

For questions, contact Erin Tally at or 781-434-7413.

Ken Mayer2019 LGBTQ Health Award Recipient: Kenneth H. Mayer, MD

This award recognizes a medical student or physician who has made outstanding contributions to LGBTQ health.

LGBTQ Resources

GLMA - Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) is the world's largest and oldest association of LGBTQ healthcare professionals

AMA GLBT Advisory Committee – American Medical Association committee dedicated to providing support, advocacy and resources for LGBTQ physicians and patients

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Call for Nominations

The MMS Committee on Nominations is currently seeking candidates for the Massachusetts Delegation to the AMA. Application deadline: August 31, 2020.
More information and application.

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