Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Committees (M-P)

MMS Committees (M-P)

Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Welfare

Provides advice and counsel on matters relating to maternal and perinatal welfare. Sponsors an annual educational program on maternal and perinatal welfare for physicians and other health care professionals.

Chair: Sara G. Shields, Worcester
Vice Chair: Nicole A. Smith, Suffolk

MMS Staff Liaison: Leda Anderson (

Committee on Medical Education

To provide counsel and advice to the Society, its leadership and the Board of Trustees and House of Delegates as it relates to medical education across the learning continuum as well as education for other health care professionals; to advance medical knowledge, competence and/or performance through the development of continuing medical education activities; to explore, propose and develop methodologies to measure the effectiveness of CME on changes in physician competency, performance and/or patient outcomes; to serve as an educational resource to address physicians’ practice gaps; their educational needs; and strategies to overcome barriers of change; to prepare and recommend standards and guidelines for accrediting Massachusetts providers of continuing medical education; to establish policy governing the role of the Society as an ACCME accredited provider and to address other issues affecting medical education as may come before it.

Chair: Michael J. Rosenblum, Hampden
Vice Chair: Amy C. Lisser, Norfolk

MMS Staff Liaison: Danna Muir (

Committee on Membership

The Membership Committee provides oversight to membership development programs and promotional opportunities for the MMS, including recruitment, retention and related outreach activities, while using multiple marketing channels. Attention is focused on constituencies that will increase the diversity of the membership base, and address new modes of practice and employment models through group enrollment.

Chair: Samir K. Patel, Norfolk South
Vice Chair: Pei-Li Huang, Charles River

MMS Staff Liaison: Bill Howland (

Committee on Mental Health and Substance Use

The Committee will focus on integration of mental health into primary care; promote early detection and screening for mental illness and substance use; promote prevention of mental illness; promote mental wellness, stress management, and improved mental health across the life span; promote reduction of barriers to mental health treatment; and recommend ways to improve access to mental health care.

Chair: Michelle Dalal, Worcester
Vice Chair: Robert M. Levin, Middlesex

MMS Staff Liaison: Candace Savage (

View Committee on Mental Health and Substance Use meeting minutes

Committee on Men's Health

Monitors ongoing and evolving health issues affecting men; promotes awareness of men's health issues; seeks to improve the overall health of men through education and information for physicians and other healthcare providers, researchers, and the public; and through the MMS, supports Federal and State government organizations to represent and act on men's health issues.

Chair: Arnold Robbins, Suffolk
Vice Chair: Constantine Kostas, Essex South

MMS Staff Liaison: Leon Barzin (

Committee on Nominations

Provides for the House of Delegates a slate of nominees for each of the officers of the Society and AMA delegates and alternate delegates.

Chair: Keith C. Nobil, Essex South
Vice Chair: Marian C. Craighill, Suffolk

MMS Staff Liaison: Michele Jussaume (

Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity

Provides advice and counsel to the Society and its leadership on matters related to nutrition and physical activity, with a particular focus on overweight and obesity prevention and treatment.

Chair: Cheng-Chieh Chuang, Norfolk South
Vice Chair: Pritinder Saini, Middlesex

MMS Staff Liaison: Jennifer Day (

View Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity meeting minutes

Committee on Oral Health

This committee focuses on increasing public awareness of the relationship and importance of good oral health to good overall health and works to promote prevention and improve oral health literacy to health providers and the public. Works to increase education and encourage medical, dental collaboration. Recommends ways to improve access to oral health care, especially in vulnerable populations addressing social determinants of health. Works to educate the public on the importance of water fluoridation.

Chair: Stephen A. Martin, Franklin
Vice Chair: Hugh J. Silk, Worcester

MMS Staff Liaison: Lori DiChiara (

Committee on Preparedness

This committee works in collaboration with public health agencies and others responsible for disaster management on the development and implementation of response plans for the physician community in order to enhance the health care system's capacity to prevent, prepare for, detect, mitigate, respond to and recover from the public health consequences of man-made or natural disasters, and other health emergencies and protect the health and safety of patients and communities.

Chair: Kevin M. Ryan, Suffolk
Vice Chair: Scott A. Goldberg, Suffolk

MMS Staff Liaison: Susan Webb (

View Committee on Preparedness meeting minutes

Committee on Professional Liability

Monitors the professional liability market in Massachusetts, and educates members about developments in professional liability.

Chair: Stephen A. Metz, Hampden
Vice Chair: Nicolas Argy, Norfolk

MMS Staff Liaison: Liz Rover Bailey (

Committee on Public Health

This committee recommends and leads a public health agenda for the Society to achieve the greatest positive impact on the health and well-being of the public and to reflect the resources, mission and strategic direction of the Society.

Chair: James B. Broadhurst, Worcester
Vice Chair: Simone S. Wildes, Norfolk South

MMS Staff Liaison: Susan Webb (

View Committee on Public Health meeting minutes

Committee on Publications

Establishes policy concerning the publishing activities of the Society, including initiation, planning, supervision, and coordination of NEJM Group as it relates to the dissemination of medical information. Directs the publication and distribution of the New England Journal of Medicine and other publications of the Society.

Chair: James A. Feldman, Suffolk
Vice Chair: Burt A. Adelman, Middlesex Central

MMS Staff Liaison: David Sampson (

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