Massachusetts Medical Society Honors First Black President with Leadership Award

NEC member Massachusetts Medical Society has honored Dr. Alice Coombs with its Woman Physician Leadership Award. The honor recognizes Dr. Coombs for outstanding leadership and contributions to patients and the medical profession by a woman physician.

In 2010, Dr. Coombs became the first black woman to serve as President of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Since then, she has been active on numerous committees and task forces such as the Committee on Diversity in Medicine. Dr. Coombs has also been instrumental in mentoring a new generation of physicians, building long-lasting relationships with mentees as they enter the field. Dr. Coombs was also recently elected to the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Service, a testament to her leadership on a national level.

“Dr. Coombs has the extraordinary ability to engage young women physicians in worthwhile causes, while helping them with advancement of their career paths,” said Dr. Ronald Dunlap, a past president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. “Counseling, mentoring and advice of that type was not available early in our careers because of the low number of minority physicians. These efforts consume a significant amount of time – in many cases, over several years with a given mentee, a sacrifice not many would make.”

The New England Council congratulates Dr. Coombs on this honor and the Massachusetts Medical Society for their work in recognizing and supporting the work of the Commonwealth’s physicians. Read more from the Massachusetts Medical Society press release.

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