Summer 2014

Honored by Medical Society

Rheumatologist Hubert Caplan has been a leader in organized medicine

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Hubert Caplan

Hubert Caplan, ’55, a rheumatologist and resident of Wellesley, Mass., was honored this spring by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2014 recipient of its Award for Distinguished Service to the Society. The award, one of the organization’s most prestigious, recognizes a member physician who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the goals of the society through leadership and committee work. 

The award cites Caplan for his “remarkable dedication and commitment to organized medicine,” and for being a “passionate, principled advocate and spokesperson on numerous and innovative issues.” A member of the medical society for 54 years, Caplan has served on more than a dozen of its committees and is currently a member of its board of trustees, the House of Delegates and the committees on Administration and Management, Professional Liability, Professional Liability, Men’s Health and Bylaws. 

A member of the medical staff of Newton-Wellesley Hospital since 1967, he served as the hospital’s chief of rheumatology from 1977 to 1987 and coordinator of medical mortality review for almost 30 years. In 2007, he joined the Marino Center for Integrative Health in Wellesley, where he practiced until 2012. He has been a member of the faculty of Tufts Medical School since 1958 and was promoted to clinical professor of medicine in 2006.

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