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George Abraham appointed chair of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine

UMass Medical School Communications

July 14, 2020
George M. Abraham, MD, MPH

George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, was appointed chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. The board licenses more than 40,000 physicians and acupuncturists and serves to protect the public health and safety by setting standards for the practice of medicine and ensuring that doctors who practice in the commonwealth are appropriately qualified and competent.

Dr. Abraham is chief of medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital and adjunct professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. 

He is the president-elect and a regent of the American College of Physicians. Recently, he was immediate-past chair of the Board of Governors of the ACP.  He 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. 

Abraham has received numerous awards, including the AOA Volunteer Faculty Award and the Outstanding Primary Care Educator Award at UMass Medical School; the Leadership Award of the Massachusetts chapter of the ACP; the Phi Lambda Sigma honorary membership, MCPHS, Worcester; and Saint Vincent Hospital Physician of the Year 2015, among others.

His research interests include hepatitis C and B disease, travel medicine and infection control, as well as medication safety and systems improvement. He has authored more than 100 publications, abstracts and book chapters, and is an invited speaker at national and international meetings.

Abraham earned his medical degrees from the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India, 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.