Massachusetts Medical Society: Ralph Froio, M.D. is honored by Norfolk South District Medical Society as 2017 Community Clinician of the Year

Ralph Froio, M.D. is honored by Norfolk South District Medical Society as 2017 Community Clinician of the Year

Dr. Ralph FroioWaltham – April 4th – Hull resident Ralph J. Froio, M.D. has been honored by his peers of the Norfolk South District Medical Society as the district’s 2017 Community Clinician of the Year, an award recognizing his contributions as a physician.  He will receive the award at the district’s annual meeting, to be held April 5 at the Neighborhood Club of Quincy. 

Dr. Froio is currently a physician at the South Shore Hospital Center for Wound Healing in Weymouth.  Prior to joining the center in 2009, he was a surgeon in private practice with South Shore Surgical Associates in South Weymouth.  

He has been a member of the active staff of South Shore Hospital since 1966 and was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the hospital from 1975-1985.  He served as president of the hospital’s medical staff and chaired the hospital’s Credentials Committee and Operating Room Committee, each for nearly 10 years.  He was also a member of the South Shore Hospital Foundation fund-raising committee for 20 years.  

His tenure as a surgeon at South Shore Hospital was marked by many innovations. He developed the first surgical intensive care unit, introduced cardiac monitors into the operating room and arteriography into the x-ray department, developed an area for pre-surgical preparation of patients in conjunction with the department of anesthesiology, introduced the need hemodialysis and was instrumental in giving lectures on current surgical practice.

Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Froio is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. From 1966-1981, he was an instructor in surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine.  

Dr. Froio earned his bachelor’s degree from Bates College where he was the recipient of Francis Ouimet Scholarship and his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine.  

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 Norfolk South District is comprised of nearly 500 physicians who live and work in South Shore communities.  

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