History and Purpose
Established in 1846, members of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC) have made landmark contributions toward healthcare initiatives both locally and on the national level.
Pioneer physicians are responsible for forming the medical society. They practiced the art of healing while helping to build the Milwaukee community and its traditions. Among the notable Milwaukee doctors of those earlier days were: Doctor Enoch Chase who unintentionally created the quinine cure; Doctor Laura H. Ross, one of the first three women in America to receive hospital instruction on an equal footing with men; Doctor Erastus B. Wolcott who performed the first recorded nephrectomy kidney removal; and Doctor Walter P. Blount who created the Milwaukee Brace for treatment of scoliosis. Not to mention, the State's first successful heart transplant occurred at St. Luke's hospital in 1969.
Today, MSMC is comprised of over 3,700 physicians who care about the future of healthcare. These physicians retain the highest principles of the organization's founders, and donate time and resources to provide access to healthcare to those in need. They take serious their responsibility to offer Milwaukee some of the best medical care and technologies available.
MSMC's strategic plan provides additional detail about the organization's initiatives, areas of focus and future goals. Membership is open to anyone who is a member of the Wisconsin Medical Society. Learn more about membership.
Mission and Vision
The Medical Society of Milwaukee County is an organization of physicians that provides leadership and advocacy in response to the needs of its members and the community by collaboration with others to improve the overall health status of the community.
The Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC) will champion quality health care for all and be a recognized, collaborative resource on health issues. MSMC will be the dynamic and unifying force representing the full spectrum of the physician community.