Massachusetts Medical Society: Fidencio Saldana, M.D. is honored by Massachusetts Medical Society for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education

Fidencio Saldana, M.D. is honored by Massachusetts Medical Society for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education

Dr. Fidencio SaldanaWaltham – March 27th – Fidencio Saldana, M.D., Dean for Students and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a clinical cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of the Grant V. Rodkey Award, an honor recognizing a Massachusetts physician for outstanding contributions to medical education and medical students. He will receive the award, one of the Society’s most prestigious, at the organization’s annual meeting in Boston on April 28.

Dr. Saldana was nominated for the award by his students, who recognize him as an “incredible teacher and mentor, as an inspiration to his patients, colleagues, and medical students, and for his dedication to students pursuing medical education.”  

As Dean for Students at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Saldana oversees the Office of Student Affairs that supports and guides students in their professional growth. He also leads the HMS Wellness and Mental Health Initiative, a student-faculty program created to develop programs that promote the health and wellness of students. 

The Grant V. Rodkey Award from the Massachusetts Medical Society is the latest of more than three dozen honors accorded to Dr. Saldana for his teaching and mentoring.  Among them are the Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award from Harvard Medical School, an Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Latino Medical Student Association, the Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising Individual Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Charles McCabe Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Saldana received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a master’s in public health from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.  

He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Society of Echocardiography.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Diversity in Medicine and is the Northeast Representative on the Committee for Student Diversity Affairs for the American Association of Medical Colleges. He resides in Roslindale.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with some 25,000 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 Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education providing accredited and certified activities across the globe for physicians and other health care professionals.  Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country. For more information please visit,, or

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