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

Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Matters

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

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

Committee Members
Carl G. Streed, Jr., Suffolk, Chair
Reiner See, Suffolk, Vice Chair
Alexis Chavez, OS
Marian C. Craighill, Suffolk
Valerie J. Fein-Zachary, Norfolk  
Nicole R. Mushero, Norfolk  
Lee Replogle, Suffolk
Joyce S. Rosenfeld, Worcester  
Vincent C. Smith, Norfolk

Resident and Fellow:  
Member: Carl G. Streed, Jr., Suffolk 

Medical Students:  
Member: Andy Nguyen, Norfolk
Alternate: Michael Girouard, Norfolk

Alliance Liaisons:  
Member:  Margaret Igne
Alternate:  Ulku Akyurek

Carole E. Allen, Middlesex
David P. Norton, Hampshire
Christopher M. Palmer, Middlesex

MMS Staff Liaison 
Erin Tally (

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LGBT Health Disparities Grants to Medical Students and Residents/Fellows

The purpose of the LGBT 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 LGBT 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 LGBT 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 30, 2017, to the MMS Committee on LGBT Matters. Please submit via email to


Dr. Safer2017 LGBT Health Award Recipient: Joshua D. Safer, M.D. 

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

Networking Event for LGBT Healthcare Providers

Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. 
Club Café
209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA
A price fix menu for $20 pp (includes tax and tip).  Drinks extra.

At this event, Joshua Safer, M.D. will receive the MMS 2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Award, an honor recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to LGBT health.

LGBT Resources

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

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

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