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Gordon H. Smith, 1993-2019
Mr. Smith, is a native of Winthrop, Maine and a graduate of the University of Maine and Boston College Law School. He began a 39-year relationship with MMA when he was appointed outside legal counsel in September of 1979. He became in-house counsel in 1981 and Executive Vice President in 1993 and retired in January of 2019.
Frank O. Stred, 1979-1993
Mr. Stred was a native of Pennsylvania and came to Maine first to attend Bates College. Following graduation from Bates College he earned a Master's Degree at Bradley University and began a successful career in business including positions at General Mills and Central Maine Power Company. He served as Executive Director of MMA from 1979 to 1993.
Daniel F. Hanley, MD. 1955-1979
Dr. Hanley, was a native of Massachusetts and served as the first full-time Executive Director of the Maine Medical Association from 1955 to 1979. He also maintained a family practice in Brunswick, was the Bowdoin College physician and was a physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Following his work at MMA, Dr. Hanley became Executive Director of the Maine Medical Assessment Foundation which he founded.
The Association works to support Maine physicians, to advance the
quality of medicine in Maine and to promote the health of all Maine
Our goal is to be the premier healthcare organization in Maine, recognized by all physicians and the public as the leader and voice of the physician community.
The Maine Medical Association was founded on April 28, 1853 when 27 physicians met at the Tontine Hotel in Brunswick pursuant to a call “addressed to a portion of the medical profession throughout the state.” The objectives of the Association were stated to be the “promotion of medical science and the regulation of the practice of medicine and surgery in this state.” Dr. James McKeen of Topsham was chosen as its chairman and Dr. John D. Lincoln, Secretary. Dr. Isaac Lincoln was chosen to serve as President until the first annual meeting, which was scheduled for June 9, 1853 in Augusta. In its first year, the membership consisted of 82 physicians.
The Association has met at least annually since 1853. During the
Second World War, the Office of Price Administration prohibited the
annual conventions at various resort hotels for three years because of
restrictions on fuel and travel. However, an annual business session
was held each of these years.
From 1955 to the present time, the Association has had consistent leadership and a very stable staff and has become a strong advocate at the State House and in the regulatory agencies. Membership is currently at 4,300 with over 3,000 active members. With a budget of $1.3 million and a staff of 15 hard-working individuals, MMA has become a modern, knowledge-based organization, operating two nonprofit foundations, managing nearly a dozen medical specialty organizations and a fully staffed Medical Professional Health Program serving physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and other health professionals. Offering a wide range of programs, educational resources, products and services to its members, the organization is well respected both in Maine and nationally.
Fun Facts: The MMA seal was developed by Dr. Oliver
Wendell Holmes, father of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.