Massachusetts Medical Society: Arlington’s Dr. Carole E. Allen elected president of the Massachusetts Medical Society

Arlington’s Dr. Carole E. Allen elected president of the Massachusetts Medical Society

Dr. Carole AllenWALTHAM - Arlington resident Carole E. Allen, MD, MBA, FAAP, was elected as president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide professional association of physicians and medical students with more than 25,000 members.

Allen will serve until May 2022, succeeding outgoing president Dr. David A. Rosman, who recently completed his one-year term.

Allen, a longtime trustee and delegate to the medical society, is a board-certified pediatrician, who practiced in Massachusetts for 37 years before retiring in 2011. After retirement, she served six years on the board of directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A staunch advocate for improving access to and quality of health care, Allen spent five years as a gubernatorial appointee commissioner to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission.

She is the former chair of the Tobacco Free Mass Coalition and was a strong voice in the passing of the "Massachusetts Smoke-free Workplaces" law.

Dr. Allen, who has been the medical society’s president-elect and vice-president, respectively, during the previous two years, will continue the organization’s work as a leader in collaborative efforts to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also focusing on addressing social determinants of health.

 "It is humbling and inspiring to represent Massachusetts physicians who have played a pivotal role in combatting the pandemic," Allen said. "I hope to use my platform as MMS president to advocate that every person has the opportunity for optimal health and access to high quality, affordable health care. And I will work with stakeholders and our membership to continue our important work to eliminate racism affecting our members, our patients, and the public." 

Allen has lived in Arlington for 46 years. She had a private pediatric practice in the community from 1989-2002 and served on the Arlington Board of Health, which she chaired for nearly a decade.

Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). She completed her pediatric residency at Boston City Hospital and Boston’s Floating Hospital for Children. She has held faculty positions as clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine and served as president of the TUSM Medical Alumni Council. In May 2017, Dr. Allen completed an executive MBA program for physicians through Brandeis University.

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is the statewide professional association for physicians and medical students, supporting 25,000 members. We are dedicated to educating and advocating for the physicians of Massachusetts and patients locally and nationally. A leadership voice in health care, the MMS contributes physician and patient perspectives to influence health-related legislation at the state and federal levels, works in support of public health, provides expert advice on physician practice management, and addresses issues of physician well-being. Under the auspices of the NEJM Group, the MMS extends our mission globally by advancing medical knowledge from research to patient care through the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Catalyst, and the NEJM Journal Watch family of specialty publications, and through our education products for health care professionals: NEJM Knowledge+, NEJM Resident 360, and our accredited and comprehensive continuing medical education programs.

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