Massachusetts Medical Society: Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Matters

Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Matters

Enhances MMS policy, advocacy, and education on LGBTQ health and professional issues, advocates for better access to care for LGBTQ patients, educates physicians across the Commonwealth about the unique health care issues facing LGBTQ patients, creates a relationship with the AMA advisory committee on LGBTQ issues, increases MMS membership and participation of physicians with an interest in LGBTQ issues, and provides a dedicated forum for involvement, mentoring, and networking for LGBTQ physicians and medical students. This committee meets approximately 6-8 times per year.

Download the  MMS Nondiscrimination Policy (.pdf, 1 page)

Committee Members
Aditya Chandrasekhar, Norfolk, Chair
Annalise Boisvert, Barnstable, Vice Chair
Valerie J. Fein-Zachary, Suffolk
Frances Grimstad, Norfolk
Nicole R. Mushero, Norfolk
David P. Norton, Hampshire
Reiner See, Suffolk
Carl G. Streed, Jr., Suffolk
Joshua St. Louis, Essex North

Resident and Fellow:  
Member: Adrian Jaramillo, Norfolk

Medical Students:  
Member: Jason Park, Suffolk
Alternate: Cody Ellis, Suffolk

Alliance Liaisons:  
Member: Margaret Igne
Alternate: Open

Marian C. Craighill, Suffolk
Christopher M. Palmer, Middlesex
Vincent C. Smith, Norfolk

MMS Staff Liaison
Erin Tally (

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LGBTQ Health Disparities Grants to Medical Students and Residents/Fellows

The purpose of the LGBTQ Research Grant program is to encourage and incorporate cultural competency training early in medical education to make strides towards improving the health care quality, access and equity for LGBTQ patients in the commonwealth. To that end, the Massachusetts Medical Society seeks to:

  • Fund projects in curriculum development or production of research that addresses lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health disparities. 
  • Fund projects that demonstrate thoughtful review of existing conditions/environment and opportunities for diminishing health disparities in the LGBTQ population.  

Eligibility: Medical students and residents/fellows who are MMS members from Massachusetts institutions may apply for the grant.

Application and Guidelines (Word doc) 

The application is due by 4:00 pm on October 9, 2020, to the MMS Committee on LGBTQ Matters. Please submit via email to

Valerie Stone2020 LGBTQ Health Award Recipient: Valerie E. Stone, MD, MPH - Read more

This award recognizes a medical student or physician who has made outstanding contributions to LGBTQ health.

LGBTQ Resources

GLMA - Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) is the world's largest and oldest association of LGBTQ healthcare professionals

AMA GLBT Advisory Committee – American Medical Association committee dedicated to providing support, advocacy and resources for LGBTQ physicians and patients

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