Alice A. Coombs, MD Receives Mass. Medical Society Woman Physician Leadership Award
The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) today announced that South Shore Health's Alice A. Tolbert Coombs, MD has received its Woman Physician Leadership Award.
The award honors outstanding leadership and contributions to patients and the medical profession by a woman physician.
Along with her duties at South Shore Hospital, Dr. Coombs is a past president of the MMS and a professor of medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
“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 MMS. “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.”
In 2010, Dr. Coombs became the first Black woman to serve as president of the MMS. She has also been active on a variety of committees and task forces, including the Committee on Diversity in Medicine.
“I have, personally, been privileged to work with Dr. Coombs on a professional level and as part of the Committee on Diversity in Medicine,” said Simone Wildes, MD, an infectious disease specialist at South Shore Health and chair of the MMS Committee on Diversity in Medicine. “She has been an advocate for all minorities, especially African-Americans. Her role in advocacy has been exemplary and one that we all try to follow.”
Dr. Coombs is also a leader on the national level, as she's active with the American Medical Association and recently was elected to the AMA’s Council on Medical Service.