Massachusetts Medical Society: Worcester District Medical Society

Worcester District Medical Society

Worcester District Medical Society Officers 2021-2022

President: Spiro Spanakis, DO
Vice President: Giles Whalen, MD
Secretary: Marianne Felice, MD
Treasurer: Dale Magee, MD
Orator: Kimiyoshi Kobayashi, MD

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Contact Information 

E-mail: mwright@wdms.org
Mailing Address: 321 Main Street, Worcester MA 01608
Telephone Number: (508 753-1579

District Event/Activity Contact: Martha G. Wright, MBA, executive director (508) 753-1579

About the Worcester District Medical Society

The Society, founded in 1794, remains dedicated to helping physicians serve their patients and maintaining and improving the quality of health care. Worcester District Medical Society is part of the federation of organized medicine which includes the Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Medical Association serving as an advocate for physicians and their patients. With its offices in beautiful Mechanics Hall, WDMS is the third oldest medical society in the United States and remains dedicated to helping physicians serve their patients. The Medical Society publishes Worcester Medicine, a bi-monthly magazine focusing on national and local health care issues. Click here to view the current and past issues. If you wish to submit an article, please contact WDMS directly.

The Worcester Medical Library, Inc., was founded by the Society in 1798. Today it exists as a collection of rare books and artifacts that has been transformed into a center for the history of medicine in this region, offering references in medical history. For more information about the library, contact the Worcester District Medical Society headquarters.

The Worcester District Medical Society is your local connection to organized medicine in Central Massachusetts. Please visit our website, www.wdms.org, for upcoming meetings, community resources, membership and medical student scholarship applications, membership benefits and publications.

District News

Dr. Nancy DeTora honored by Worcester District Medical Society as 2021 Community Clinician of the Year

Nancy DeTora

Dr. DeTora Graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State and she completed her medical training from their University College of Human Medicine. She went on to complete a Combined Residency followed by a Fellowship in Developmental and Ambulatory Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since 1983, she has remained on staff at UMMHC, St Vincent Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. DeTora recently retired but her career in Auburn spanned decades, making literally thousands of children healthier. She was an inspiration to her colleagues, one who stood out for her excellent care and devotion to her patients. One colleague attested to her unpretentious manner and in particular commented that “She treated her patients as extended members of her family and seemed to know most patients on a first name basis… She provided the utmost respect for her patients, recognizing that their perspective and work experience was every bit as valuable as her own.” Her care was individualized and personalized and her impact on the community has been truly remarkable.

Dr. DeTora was (and is) a valuable educator, working closely with a variety of students aspiring to be health care providers, sharing her knowledge and perspectives on how to best provide patient care. She was incredibly devoted to the community but that extended beyond Auburn, MA. For years, she served as the medical director, and led a biannual trip with the Auburn Middle School, deep into the Equadorian Amazonia Rainforest, introducing them to the culture of the Kichwa natives. This now a twenty-five year tradition. From one of the parents, “I always felt she was truly invested in the health, growth and development of each of my daughters but also the well-being of the family as a whole…. Her wit was so fun and her laughter contagious… Each of my three daughters had a unique relationship with her and maintain contact even now, sharing pictures of their children and special events.”

It was unanimous among her supporters that she is most qualified and deserving of this award.

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2022 Awards: Call for Nomination

Do you have a colleague who deserves to be nominated for their outstanding work or service to the community? The MMS and its Committee on Recognition Awards are currently seeking nominations for the 2022 Awards. Additional info and applications.

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