WASHINGTON (June 12, 2013) – Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D. ’79, has been elected Vice President of the Massachusetts Medical Society at the organization’s annual meeting, held in May. He will serve a one-year term as one of the top officers of the Society, the statewide membership organization representing nearly 24,000 physicians and medical students in the Commonwealth.
Dimitri is a Clinical Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School. In his role as Vice Chair, he has oversight responsibility for all clinical services delivered in the department while still maintaining his own clinical practice of family medicine. He joined the department in his current role in 2006 after almost 25 years in private practice in Worcester.
A longtime member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, Dimitri has served as a member of its governing body House of Delegates since 1989. He has been a member of a number of medical society committees with emphasis on issues of advocacy, legislation and regulation, and physician workforce. He has also served as an officer of the Worcester District Medical Society and chaired its legislative committee. In 2011, he received the Worcester District’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dimitri is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Past President of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians. He remains active with the MassAFP, serving as a Massachusetts alternate delegate to the Congress of Delegates of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2013 he was honored by the MassAFP as its Family Physician of The Year.
He has also been appointed to serve at various times on the Massachusetts Medicaid Delivery Model Advisory Committee, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot Coordinating Council, and the Massachusetts Healthcare Workforce Advisory Council.
Active in his community, Dimitri serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Clark University in Worcester and served for eight years as a founding trustee of the board of UMass Memorial Health Care. In 2011 he was inducted into the Worcester Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame for his philanthropic efforts in support of the club.
Dimitri attended Clark University, received his M.D. at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and completed his residency training in family medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
About the Massachusetts Medical Society
The Massachusetts Medical Society, with nearly 24,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.