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Worcester District Medical Society Officers 2019 - 2020:

President: Sahdev Passey, MD
Vice President: Spiro Spanakis, DO
Secretary: Giles Whalen, MD
Treasurer: Dale Magee, MD
Orator: Sanjiv Chopra, MD


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Worcester Medicine, The official
bi-monthly publication of WDMS, addressing important healthcare issues facing central Massachusetts

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Celebrating over 190 TV shows, Health Matters, produced in a ½ hour interview format, offers valuable information on disease prevention and treatment options.

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and to view the latest show online



Worcester District Medical Society


The Worcester District Medical Society began a Spoken History Project in 1995 to record the experiences of practicing physicians through the ages. This project is currently overseen by Dr. Dale Magee, with the interviews generally being performed by medical students.

 Click here to view or listen to recordings


Worcester District Medical Society
Annual Orations Web Page

Visit WDMS Annual Orations to
view a list of distinguished orators
from 1795 - 2016 with a brief synopsis of
each oration (if available).

A co-operative effort between the
Worcester District Medical Society
and the Lamar Soutter Library.

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Calendar of Events


If you wish to donate to the WDMS Scholarship Fund, your contribution will help to support the next generation of physicians.



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What: Heath Screening Fair @ Ministerios la Trinidad
When: Saturday, 2/29 from 11am-3pm
Where: 731 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01610
Why: To screen for and educate on common health conditions that lead to poor health outcomes in underserved populations

We need physician volunteers to run screenings, engage in patient health education, and supervise students, as well as physicians willing to see patients who screen positive in their outpatient clinic.  If you are available and would like to volunteer/can see patients for follow-up, please sign up below:

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Thank you for helping make the Gala a great success.  Click here to view our video.


The Union Medical Association was officially established at Blackstone Village, Mendon, Massachusetts, on May 12, 1834 by local doctors Hiram Allen, Abel Wilder, Metcalf Marsh, Ariel Ballou and Moses D. Southwick. The goal of the Union Medical Association was to maintain and advance the medical knowledge of its members. This collection includes reports and transcripts of lectures on interesting medical cases, new remedies, medical ethics, and statistics created from 1834 to 1858 by the Association’s members. Also included in this collection are autograph letters of different French, English, and American physicians dated 1758 - 1836. Currently, the original papers of the Union Medical Association are the part of the Worcester District Medical Society collection housed at the Worcester Historical Museum.

Click here for the digitized version


The History of the Worcester District Medical Society (WDMS):

In 1954 Dr. Paul F. Bergin who was, at the time, the Society's secretary wrote a history of the WDMS. This consisted of two typescript copies.

To disseminate and celebrate our long history, in 1994 Dr. John J. Massarelli, a past president of the Society, edited the typescript from which we published the History of the Society 1795-1954 as a bound book.

Subsequently, Dr. Massarelli took it upon himself to extend our written history up to our 200th anniversary year by authoring the follow up history of 1954-1994. Of some interest, the original title was "A Fraternity of Physicians" but upon reflection and especially in view of chapter 25 the title was changed and the book was published in 1995 as "A Community of Physicians".

A special thank you to Dr. Peter Schneider for his tireless efforts in reproducing our history online.

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WDMS History 1794-1954 Bergin

WDMS History 1954-1994 Massarelli

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