Massachusetts Medical Society: Michael P. Hirsh M.D. is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2017 Men’s Health Award

Michael P. Hirsh M.D. is honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its 2017 Men’s Health Award


Waltham, Mass. – March 17th – Michael P. Hirsh, M.D., Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Director of Pediatric Trauma Services, and Surgeon-in-Chief at Children’s Medical Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center, is being honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of the Society’s Men’s Health Award, an honor recognizing an individual who has advanced the cause of men’s health.  Dr. Hirsh will receive the award at the society’s Men’s Health Symposium on June 15.

In nominating him for the award, his colleagues cited Dr. Hirsh’s work as a leading advocate for public health, injury prevention, and child safety. 

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics and board certified in general and pediatric surgery and critical care, Dr. Hirsh is also a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  

Besides his clinical and academic duties, Dr. Hirsh has served the City of Worcester in a variety of capacities in enhancing public health and reducing violence. He was Acting Commissioner of the Worcester Department of Public Health from 2012-2104 and currently is its Medical Director.  From 2008-2010, he was President of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, and remains a member of its board.  In 2002, he helped to establish the city’s annual Goods for Guns program, a buyback program that continues to make city streets safer from gun violence. 

Active in the Worcester District Medical Society, Dr. Hirsh served as its president from 2011-2014 and currently is a member of its Legislative and Public Health committees and the editorial board of Worcester Medicine, the official publication of the district society. 

The Men’s Health Award is the latest of more than three dozen honors presented to Dr. Hirsh over the years for his teaching, healthcare, and community service. He has previously been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with two of its most prestigious awards - the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health and the Grant V. Rodkey Award for Medical Student Education.  He is the recipient of the Worcester District Medical Society’s Community Clinician of the Year and its A. J. Fitzpatrick Community Service Award and the Salvation Army’s Health Care Hero Award.  He is also a 16-time winner of the Outstanding Medical Educator Award from UMass Medical School.  He resides in Northboro.

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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