Massachusetts Medical Society: Massachusetts medical leaders support our public health officials

Massachusetts medical leaders support our public health officials

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the physicians of the Massachusetts Medical Society have been privileged to serve as a trusted voice and partner to hardworking and dedicated public health leaders at the local, state, and federal levels.

While there has been widespread attention paid to the psychological, emotional, and physical toll the pandemic has taken on the health care workforce, our partners in public health have quietly shouldered an incredible burden and have risen to the challenge of deploying best practices and evolving data to combat a public health emergency unlike any we have ever encountered.

Our partners in public health are heroic. But we realize they are also exhausted and worn. They are resolute in their commitment to protect, serve, and advocate on behalf of all of us. The sacrifices that have been made by countless individuals, often behind the scenes, do not go unnoticed by physicians.

The challenges of the pandemic have revealed that there is an urgent need for greater support for public health infrastructure at the local, state, and federal levels to allow these experts to be thoughtful and strategic in response to our ongoing emergency and others that may follow.

We are proud of our colleagues in public health and humbled by the professionalism and tenacity of partners from across the state and the nation. We are grateful for their steadfast determination, and we thank them for the invaluable teamwork, which we will continue to rely upon as together we see our patients through the pandemic and onto brighter, healthier days.

List of signatories:

-Carole E. Allen, MD, MBA, FAAP
President, Massachusetts Medical Society

-John Bradley, MD, DFAPA
President, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society

-Elisa Choi, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Governor, Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians

-John Feldman, MD
President, Massachusetts Association of Practicing Urologists

-Lloyd Fisher, MD, FAAP
President, Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

-Alex Grilli, MD
President, Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

-Ben Hyatt, MD
President, Massachusetts Gastroenterology Association

-Julie Johnston, MD, FAAFP
President, Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians

-Nathan T. Jones, MD, FASA
President, Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists

-Martin Joyce-Brady, MD
President, Massachusetts Pulmonary Section

-Todd Kerensky, MD
President, Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine

-Kathleen Kerrigan, MD, FACOG, FACEP
President, Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians

-Glenn R. Markenson, MD
Chair, Massachusetts Section, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

-Kala Seetharaman, MD
President, Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists

-Priscilla J. Slanetz, MD, MPH, FACR, FSBI, FAAWR, FAUR
President, Massachusetts Radiological Society

-Ali Tavakkoli, MD
President, Massachusetts Chapter, American College of Surgeons

-Jennifer Platt Toyohara, MD
President, Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology

-Raffaella Umeton, MD, MMSc
President, Massachusetts Neurologic Association

-Jonathan M. Winograd, MD, FACS
President, Massachusetts Society of Plastic Surgeons

-Malissa Wood, MD, FACC
Governor, Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

-Sylvia H. Yoo, MD
President, Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons

-Bojan Zoric, MD
President, Massachusetts Orthopaedic Association

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