New Hampshire Medical Society Names New President

John R. Butterly, MDAt its Annual Scientific Conference in Portsmouth, John R. Butterly, MD, was inaugurated as the 184th president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

Dr. Butterly is a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and he teaches courses on global health issues at Dartmouth College. He most recently served as the Executive Medical Director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.  Dr. Butterly has co-authored the books, Hunger: the Biology & Politics of Starvation and Diseases of Poverty: Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases and Modern Plagues.

In the coming year, Dr. Butterly plans to focus on the reauthorization of the Granite State’s Medicaid expansion that is in the form of a marketplace premium assistance program.

“The fact that there are citizens of New Hampshire who are under or uninsured and do not have access to even basic healthcare needs should not be acceptable to our state’s lawmakers. With 13% of the state’s population (or some 158,000 Granite State citizens) under or uninsured as of January 2014 – about the same number that are chronically food insecure – it is our responsibility as physicians to help see to it that all members of the population we serve have sustainable access to the care they need,” said Dr. Butterly. “While these numbers have decreased over the last year due to ACA, failure to reauthorize Medicaid expansion threatens a serious step backwards.”

A graduate of the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco, Dr. Butterly completed research and clinical fellowships at Harvard Medical School and his medical residency and internship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA. He also served as Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Chairman of Medicine, and Medical Director of Network Development at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center.  Dr. Butterly is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology.

The New Hampshire Medical Society was founded 224 years ago, in 1791, by the Granite State’s first constitutional governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Josiah Bartlett.