Massachusetts Medical Society: Committee on Women’s Health

Committee on Women’s Health

Provides a valuable forum to identify and advocate for professional issues of concern to women physicians, educate colleagues about women’s health, foster membership, participation and leadership of women within the MMS.  This committee meets approximately 4-6 times per year. 

Download a visual timeline of the  Admission of Women Physicians into the Massachusetts Medical Society (.pdf, 1 page)

Click Here to see MMS videos on Women in Medicine.

2018 Awards

Luanne E. ThorndykeWoman Physician Leadership Award Recipient:  
Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD
Established to recognize outstanding leadership, professional contributions and being a role model.
Read the news release



Julie JohnstonWomen’s Health Award Recipient:  
Julie Johnston, MD
Established to recognize a physician for outstanding contributions advancing women’s health in Massachusetts.
Read the news release



Committee Members
Kathryn A. Hughes, Essex North, Chair
Pei Li Huang, Charles River, Vice Chair
Helen E. Cajigas, Norfolk
Deborah Hoadley, Hampden
Lisbeth Howe, Charles River
Catherine C. Lanteri, Middlesex
Virginia R. Litle, Suffolk
Laura L. McCann, Charles River
Diane McGrory, Charles River
Lisa L. Nagy, Barnstable
Jean R. Phalen, Charles River
Jennifer R. Thulin, Middlesex West
Aimie Zale, Franklin

Resident and Fellow:  
Member: Claire Jacobs, Suffolk

Medical Students:  
Member: Marguerite Youngren, Middlesex West
Alternate: Molly Vora, Suffolk

Alliance Liaisons:
Member: Margaret Igne
Alternate: TBD

Advisors:
Najmosama Nikrui, Suffolk
Cynthia M. Sacco, Middlesex Central

MMS Staff Liaison:
Erin Tally ( etally@mms.org)


Women Physicians:  Share Your Story!

The Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Women's Health is compiling a new book of transformational stories as told by women physicians.

Besides a historical perspective, this collection of candid stories will share:

  • Forks faced & turning points in women physician's careers
  • How they made difficult career and personal decisions
  • Lessons learned along the way

This new book will inspire women physicians to clarify their own life goals, to become better authors of their own lives, to build the kind of career flexibility women need, and will motivate present and future women physicians to share peer support as they reshape their mold during these changing times.  To learn more, click here 

NEJM Journal Watch Women’s Health

Stay up to date with summaries of the most important research, medical news, drug information, public health alerts, and guidelines related to women’s health --  NEJM Journal Watch Women’s Health

AMA Women Physicians Section

The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) consists of the more than 67,000 female members of the AMA and aims to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles and to advocate for and advance the understanding of women’s health issues. 

When you Don't Fit the Mold, Make a New One

When You Don't Fit the Mold Make a New OneA collection of more than 20 personal stories, the book chronicles the paths women have taken to afford them an equal role in medicine. For a copy of the book, please contact Erin Tally at  etally@mms.org or 781-434-7413.

Read the book here (.pdf, 175 pages)


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2019 Annual Awards: Call for Nominations

Do you have a colleague who deserves to be nominated for their outstanding work or service to the community? The MMS and its Committee on Recognition Awards are currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Annual Award Program.

More information and application.

Get Involved

Contribute your unique talents to the society's efforts. Elected, appointed and volunteer positions are available at district and statewide levels.

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