Member Recognition

2020 – 2021

50 Year Members
Hugh S. Fulmer, M.D.
John A. Paraskos, M.D.
Reid Roberts, M.D.
Paul S. Schwartz, M.D.
James D. Villiotte, M.D.

25 Year Members
Janice F. Lalikos, M.D.
John B. McCahan, M.D.
Gabrielle M. Reine, M.D.
Stacia R. Sailer, M.D.
Judith A. Stebulis, M.D.
Deborah A. Sullivan, M.D.
Rachel A. Vespole, M.D.
Leonard A. Waice, D.O.

Congratulations to Our Members

2020 MMS Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year

Jane A. Lochrie, MD

Dr. Jane Lochrie began her medical career as a staff nurse at Mass General and advanced to the ranks of Pedicatric Nurse Practioner. She earned her Medical Degree from UMass Medical School, and completed her residency at St. Vincent Hospital Hospital. Dr. Lochrie Practiced as a General Internist for the Fallon Clinic/Reliant Medical Group from 1986-2017. In addition, she had many teaching postitions including Program Driector for the Internal Medicine Residency Program for St. Vincent Hospital.

Dr. Lochrie served as the President for WDMS from 2008-2010. In addition to participating in and chairing many committees, she is the Chief Editor for Worcester Medicine. Dr. Lochrie is the recipient of multiple honors and awards, including the 2018 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. She was cofounder of the Women’s Clinic for then Fallon Clinic, and is the Medical Director for St. Anne’s Free Clinic in Shrewsbury where she volunteers weekly.

In an effort to maintain her passion and fulfill her personal goals of serving the underprivileged, Dr. Lochrie has participated in mission trips to Haiti and Gautemala, where she continues to help educate and care for those in great need.

2020 MMS Grant V. Rodkey, MD Award for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education

Mary Callery O’Brien, MD

Dr. Mary Callery O’Brien, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2020 recipient of the Grant V. Rodkey Award, an honor recognizing a Massachusetts physician for outstanding contributions to medical education and medical students.

A longtime member of the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) and the Worcester District Medical Society (WDMS), Dr. O’Brien was the 2015 winner of UMass Medical School’s most prestigious award for educators, the Lamar Souter Excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education Award. She was the inaugural director of the medical school’s Longitudinal Preceptor Program and held that position from 1995-2005. She has directed the Physical Diagnosis program and for the last 10 years has led one of the school’s multidisciplinary learner centered first year courses taught by both basic scientists and clinicians. Dr. O’Brien also currently chairs the WDMS Committee on Education.

Chair, Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine

George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA

Congratulations to George Abraham, MD, MPH, on his appointment of Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. In this role he will be responsible for ensuring that only competent physicians of good moral character are licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts.

Dr. Abraham earned his medical degrees from the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India. He completed his residency and chief residency at Saint Vincent Hospital and received his Master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Additionally, Dr. Abraham is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. He is the President-Elect and a Regent of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He is an Emeritus Chair of the Board of Governors of the ACP. Dr. Abraham is also the Chair of the Infectious Disease Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has served as the Governor of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians, as a trustee of the Massachusetts Medical Society, as President of the Worcester District Medical Society, as the Chief Medical Officer of the Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.

2020 Graduate School of Nursing Community Partnership Award

Dr. Michael Hirsh

Dr. Michael P. Hirsh’s clinical titles at UMass Memorial Medical Center include Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Director of Trauma Services and Surgeon-In-Chief of the Children’s Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Hirsh is the City of Worcester’s medical director and has helped to lead the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Hirsh’s dedication to all that he is involved with is at bare minimum, impressive. In all that he does—he is a dedicated educator.  Always willing to bring students—nursing, medical—any profession to the table to be part of the solutions.  He has always been a true partner with the GSN—offering experiences clinically, academically and with a humanistic approach and enthusiasm that is contagious.  He seamlessly works in interprofessional teams treating all professions on an even playing field and valuing everyone’s input as necessary and contributing.

We are fortunate to work with him as often as possible and he is always willing and available to us and our students and we are grateful!

2020 MMS/WDMS Community Clinician of the Year

Timothy B. Hopkins, MD, FACS

After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Hopkins pursued his residency in Surgery/Urology, at Children’s Hospitla Medical Center and subsequently, trained as a Fellow in Urology, at Peter Brent Brigham Hospital. From there he practiced at UMass Medical Center as an Attending Physician and Associate Professor. Dr. Hopkins has authored countless publications, has given presentations at local, regional and national meetings, held dozens of faculty and committee titles and has received multiple honors and awards, including being selected as the “Top Doctor” by his peers each year since 2001.

For over 40 years, Dr. Hopkins has been extremely dedicated to his patients, to the “craft of urology” and to teaching residents and student, where he has devoted his life to medicine and the “betterment of his patients”. He has actively participated in several organizations including WDMS since 1977.

2020 WDMS Editor’s Award

Paul M. Steen, MD

Graduated from Downstate Medical Center, SUNY in Brooklyn in 1965. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and was Chief Medical Resident at Kings County Hospital before he completed two years in the Navy on Guam. He served fifteen years in private practice of Internal Medicine in Southbridge, Mass. Following this he worked in the corporate world at MediQual Systems and McKesson HBOC as VP of Clinical Development until retirement in 2005. For the Worcester District Medical Society Dr. Steen served as President in 1992 and Editor of Worcester Medicine 2005-2012. Int retirement Paul has become a Master Gardener for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and Docent at the Worcester Art Museum.

2019 29th Annual Dr. A. Jane Fitzpatrick Community Service Award

William G. Muller, MD, FACP

Nearly 40 years ago Dr.William “Bill” Muller began his career as a member of the United States Public Health Service, establishing the Tri-River Family Health Center in the Blackstone Valley. He has served in multiple leadership roles from Associate Dean of Medical Education to Vice President of Medical Affairs at Milford Regional Medical Center and has taught and mentored countless new physicians and has truly dedicated his life to the health and well-being of his patients and our community.

2019 WDMS Career Achievement Award

Lucy M. Candib, MD

Prior to retiring in 2016, Dr. Candib had served the patients ofWorcester at the Family Health Center of Worcester for over 40 years! A Harvard Medical School graduate, she has been honored locally and nationally with many awards for her dedication, service and care. Dr. Candib continues to serve the community even after retirement by delivering care to those seeking asylum due to prior persecution and torture, and in teaching students and residents about how to do the medical evaluations for this work with amazing compassion and dignity.

2019 WDMS President’s Award

Edward L. Amaral, MD, FACS

After maintaining a private practice from 1968-1977, Dr. Amaral was Cofounder of the Worcester County Surgical Associates where he worked until 1992, then retired from clinical group practice from The Fallon Clinic in 2005. He has been a devoted and hardworking member ofWDMS for the past 53 years. He served as our President from 1996-1997, sat on sixteen committees and has served as one of our Delegates since 1994.Throughout his career, Dr.Amaral served in various leadership roles, received multiple awards and honors and was involved in many community service projects. The WDMS appreciates Dr. Amaral’s services to our community as a surgeon and to the members of this society as a mentor and friend over the years.

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