Massachusetts Medical Society

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Massachusetts Medical Society
Founded1781; 238 years ago (1781)
HeadquartersWaltham, Massachusetts, United States
Key people
Ronald W. Dunlap, M.D., F.A.C.C President
Richard S. Pieters, M.D., F.A.C.R. President-Elect
Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. Vice President
Peter B. Kang, M.D., F.A.A.P. Secretary-Treasurer
Alain Chaoui, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. Assistant Secretary Treasurer
Jesse Ehrenfeld, M.D., M.P.H. Speaker
David A. Rosman, M.D., M.B.A., Vice Speaker
Corinne Broderick Executive Vice President

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is the oldest, most distinguished and prestigious continuously operating state medical association in the United States and the world. Incorporated on November 1, 1781, by an act of the Massachusetts General Court, the MMS is a non-profit organization that consists of more than 24,000 physicians, medical students and residents. It is currently based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The majority of the members live or practice in Massachusetts and the immediate vicinity.[1]


The Massachusetts Medical Society is the owner and publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine which is the most widely read, cited and influential medical journal in the world. The New England Journal of Medicine is also the oldest continuously published and circulating medical journal in the world and has an impact factor of 72.4, which is the highest among all the medical journals in the world.[needs update] It also publishes the Journal Watch family of professional newsletters.[2] List of topics published in NEJM Journal Watch are:

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neurology
  • Oncology and Hematology
  • Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Women's Health
  • Blogs
  • Watch Topics

In addition to its publishing activities, the key activities of the MMS include medical education for physicians, public health education for physicians and the public, legislative and regulatory advocacy for physicians and patients, and health policy research.


The charter of the MMS is signed by Samuel Adams as president of the Massachusetts Senate, and John Hancock as Governor of Massachusetts.


  1. ^ "History". MMS website. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Clinical Publications". MMS website. Retrieved 5 February 2014.

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