Shrewsbury – Gladys Chan, of Shrewsbury, has been re-elected president of the Massachusetts Medical Society Alliance, the organization of physicians” spouses that supports and promotes good health practices among the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Re-elected at the May 18 Annual Meeting of the Alliance, held in conjunction with the Massachusetts Medical Society's Annual Meeting, Chan will serve a second, consecutive one-year term as president of the group. She has previously served as president-elect and was a co-editor of the Alliance's Healthy, Fit & Vibrant cookbook.
A native of Ambato, Ecuador, Chan studied French at Poitiers University in France, and obtained a diploma in English for foreigners from Cambridge University in England. She also studied nursing at Kings College Hospital in London, England, where she met her husband Dr. Wei Chan, an anesthesiologist practicing in Worcester.
After studying a course in medical interpreting at Clark University in Worcester, she also works as a Spanish medical interpreter throughout Worcester County. For the past two years, she has worked with a team of medical interpreters who teach Spanish medical terminology to first year UMass medical students. In addition to her contributions to the Society, she assists her mother, former president of the Red Cross, with implementing healthcare awareness campaigns in her native Ecuador. At home she enjoys watercolor painting and is a former member of the Worcester League of Women Voters.
Dr. and Mrs. Chan have three sons, Oliver, Alexander, and Nicholas, and a daughter, Christina.
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