The Bowler-Bartlett Foundation
501(c)3 of the New Hampshire Medical Society
We envision a society in which physicians partner with other stakeholders across the Granite State for the betterment of public health to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of all New Hampshire citizens.
History and Organizational Structure
The Bowler-Bartlett Foundation is a 501(c)(3) affiliate corporation to support the charitable, educational and scientific purposes and functions of the New Hampshire Medical Society that is named after two prominent Granite State physicians – John Bowler, MD and Josiah Bartlett, MD.
The origins of the Foundation were established in 1838 by Josiah Barlett II, MD (Member of Congress and New Hampshire Senate President) on behalf of his father, Granite State revolutionary war patriot, the founder of the Medical Society, and the state’s first elected Governor – Josiah Barlett, MD. The portraits of both physicians hang in the Executive Council Chambers of the New Hampshire State House.
The Foundation was more recently reorganized in 1974 in the name of John P. Bowler, MD who upon returning to his hometown of Hanover from the Mayo Clinic in 1926 founded the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic (serving as its president until retiring in 1960), while also serving as the Dean of Dartmouth Medical School from 1927-1945. In the 1960s, Dr. Bowler then served in the NH General Court as chair of the House Public Health Committee and as a member of the Executive Council.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and receives input through Advisory Councils on specific programs or projects. They work in concert to achieve health goals, create public education and advocacy, disseminating information for the betterment of Granite State citizens.
Recent projects this past year have included establishing the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Institute (partnership with the UNH Paul School of Business and the NH Hospital Association), facilitating MAT waiver courses for over 700 Granite State physicians, PAs and APRNs for the treatment of opioid use disorders, and facilitating public health outreach efforts on such topics as vaping, tick-borne diseases, as well as childhood and COVID-19 immunizations.