Massachusetts Medical Society: Cambridge Physician is Honored by Suffolk District Medical Society as 2015 Community Clinician of the Year

Cambridge Physician is Honored by Suffolk District Medical Society as 2015 Community Clinician of the Year

Contact: Richard P. Gulla, 

Dr. Nancy OriolWaltham -- April 10 -- Cambridge resident Nancy E. Oriol, M.D., Dean for Students at Harvard Medical School, has been honored by her physician peers as the 2015 Community Clinician of the Year of the Suffolk District Medical Society, one of the district societies of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide professional association of physicians.   

The Community Clinician of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the Massachusetts Medical Society to recognize a physician from each of the Society’s 20 district medical societies who has made significant contributions to his or her patients and the community. The Suffolk District is comprised of nearly 4,000 physicians who live and work in Boston and adjacent communities.  

Dr. Oriol is also Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lecturer in Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard.  Since 2008, she has also been co-executive director of Harvard Medical School’s MED Science for High School Students programs, which she helped to establish. 

In addition to her work as a clinician and educator, Dr. Oriol is the co-founder and former executive director of The Family Van, a Harvard Medical School mobile health service that delivers preventative screening, wellness counseling, and referral for treatment or care to thousands of people within Boston’s neighborhoods where people lack insurance or are at higher risk for disease due to race, gender or socioeconomic status.  She co-founded the van in 1989 and served as executive director until 2001. 

From 1985-1997,  Dr. Oriol was Director of Obstetric Anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where her research pioneered  techniques for pain relief for women in labor, a device to resuscitate newborns, and a data-processing system to detect fetal distress. She was also a member of the national task force that established Practice Guidelines for Obstetric Anesthesia.  

A widely published author on a number of medical subjects, Dr. Oriol earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School.  She is the recipient of a number of awards and honors, including the American Medical Association’s Excellence in Medicine Award, the YMCA Black Achiever’s Award, Special Award for Public Service from the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Dr. Louis Sullivan Award for Contributions to the Delivery of Quality Health Care to Black Men, and the New England Women’s Leadership Award in Health.  

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 24,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society, under the auspices of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and NEJM Journal Watch alerts and publications covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country. 

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