Massachusetts Medical Society: Dr. Charles A. Welch honored by Massachusetts Medical Society with Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Charles A. Welch honored by Massachusetts Medical Society with Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles Welch

WALTHAM – Dr. Charles A. Welch, of Cambridge, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2024 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a member of the Society who has made lasting contributions to the practice of medicine over a lifetime in health care delivery, patient care, education, and administration and who has made significant contributions to the goals of the Society.

Welch, a board-certified psychiatrist who is considered a pioneer in the use of electroconvulsive therapy, served as president of the Massachusetts Medical Society from 2002-2003 and for 15 years, was president of the Massachusetts Medical Benevolent Society, which supports physicians and their families who fall upon tough times.

Welch served the Commonwealth as a trusted leader on the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Child Abuse and, with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, co-authored the nation’s first medical privacy rule (HIPAA).

A graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Medicine, Welch worked many years at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital.

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