The oldest professional organization within the state, the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) began in 1849 when 25 physicians united to advance medical science and to raise the standards for their profession. Today, we have thousands of members and champion the same goals and ideals while representing the interests of physicians and PAs and protecting the quality of patient care.

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COVID-19 Update – The NCMS currently has a hybrid work environment and our staff remain committed to assisting our members whether in their home offices or in our headquarters; email is the best way to keep in touch with us but you may still contact our main office switchboard at (919) 833-3836 and leave a message there.

To contact individual staff members directly, please visit our Staff page and click on each employee’s photo to access their phone and email information.

Mission of the North Carolina Medical Society

To provide leadership in medicine by uniting, serving, and representing physicians and their health care teams to enhance the health of North Carolinians.

NCMS Vision Statement

In all our efforts, we will strive to:

  • Protect the importance of the patient-clinician relationship;
  • Promote safe, cost-effective, patient-centered care;
  • Promote leadership at all levels of the health care delivery system;
  • Improve the health of our population;
  • Enhance patients’ and caregivers’ experience of care;
  • Promote clinician wellness;
  • Minimize administrative burdens of the delivery of health care in order to achieve this vision.

History of the NCMS

North Carolina had many skilled and progressive physicians in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; it also had many untrained and unscrupulous practitioners who claimed the title of “doctor.” The lay public often couldn’t distinguish one group from the other. Even the physicians who had bonafide medical training recognized a need to improve medical education and promote a scientific approach to healing. It became obvious that all would benefit if physicians found a rallying point.

Attempts to organize the medical profession were made as early as 1790. In 1799, the state legislature approved a special act creating a corporation with the title: The North Carolina Medical Society.

Unfortunately, the original Medical Society languished and disappeared in the early 1800s. But the idea was too valuable to die. The present Society was organized in 1849, and it has held annual scientific sessions each year since then, except for three years of the Civil War and one year during World War II.

For more of the history behind the NC Medical Society, see 150 Years of Leadership: The History of the North Carolina Medical Society’s Pioneering Physician Leaders

NCMS History Brochure