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Celebrating 150 Years of Physician Advocacy and Camaraderie

More than 200 physicians, leaders in the medical community and their guests joined SFMMS for an extraordinary 150th Anniversary Celebration & Gala on March 15, 2018 recognizing an important milestone in the organization’s history. Held at the St. Francis Yacht Club, the event marked SFMMS’ sesquicentennial as the only physician association that advocates for physicians across all specialties and modes of practice in San Francisco and Marin.

Attendees were able to network with colleagues, meet SFMMS and community leaders, and take in breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Guests were also treated to the musical stylings of acoustic guitarist, Kevin Ayers, and were able to take photos in an elegant photo booth during a lively reception.
The festivities continued with a seated dinner and formal program that celebrated SFMMS’ rich history, its members and their contributions to the local medical community. Recognition included SFMMS’ 150th Anniversary, the many volunteers who have served the SFMMS, and the 20th anniversary of SFMMS Executive Director/CEO Mary Lou Licwinko. Immediate Past President, Dr. Man-Kit Leung, was acknowledged for his contributions to the medical society, and a tribute was provided for two SFMMS members who attained 50-Year Membership Status – Dr. Chuck Fischer from Marin and Dr. David Smith from San Francisco. 

SFMMS Mary Lou Licwinko celebrated her 20th anniversary with the medical society.
2018 President John Maa, MD (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Immediate Past President Man-Kit Leung, MD (left)
50-Year Members, Charles Fischer, MD (left) and David Smith, MD (center) were honored.

The evening’s program continued with inspirational remarks by 2018 SFMMS President, Dr. John Maa, and the premiere of a commemorative video highlighting the many advocacy achievements of the medical society over the years. Click here to view the video.

The program concluded with a motivational and galvanizing speech by featured speaker, Dr. Sandra Hernández, President and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation, and recent Governor-appointee to the Board of Covered California. Dr. Hernández spoke about her professional journey, sharing moments along the way that inspired her to leave clinical medicine and become a strong advocate for access to health care. She spoke about the importance of building bridges to improve access, what lies ahead for health care reform, and encouraged SFMMS members to stay involved in helping to make positive changes.

SFMMS would like to thank our members, sponsors, and special guests, Assemblymembers David Chiu and Phil Ting, Senator Scott Weiner, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, Marin Board of Supervisors President Damon Connolly, and CMA President Dr. Ted Mazer for their support of the event and of SFMMS. Special thanks also go to the members of the 150th Anniversary Celebration & Gala Planning Committee for organizing a truly memorable evening.

View more photos from the SFMMS 150th Anniversary Celebration & Gala.


Special Acknowledgements

We are pleased to thank and recognize the following premium sponsors for their generous support of the 2018 Annual Gala:

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors



Keystone Sponsors

Lawrence Cheung, MD

Man-Kit Leung, MD

John Maa, MD

David Werdegar, MD

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