Women's Health


MSDC has long advocated for women's health protections, the rights of women physicians, and affordable care for women's issues. MSDC works closes with ACOG, AAFP, AAP, and other specialty organizations to craft local legislation that allows DC to be the best place to practice women's and maternal medicine.

In the face of a maternal mortality crisis in the District, engagement in these issues is more important than ever. Learn more about how MSDC is working to protect the health of women, mothers, and babies in all wards in the city.

MSDC Statements and Testimony on Women's Health Issues

25th Council information coming soon!



MSDC’s 2024 Capital Healthcare Honors Breaks Records and Recognizes Excellence

Mar 20, 2024, 16:07 PM by MSDC Staff
The medical community came together to celebrate the awardees and show the best of DC medicine.


On March 13, 2024, the Medical Society of DC held a record-setting Capital Healthcare Honors awards gala and dinner recognizing outstanding contributions to the health of our nation’s capital. This year’s event, which was held at the National Press Club, was record-setting in terms of attendance, honorees, and community engagement. It had the largest attendance ever for this annual awards gala, the highest number of honorees, and marked the first time that a former DC Mayor received the John Benjamin Nichols Award, which was presented to the Honorable Vincent Gray. Other honorees were Dr. Gregrory Argyros, Dr. Walter Faggett, Dr. Raymond K. Tu, Bread for the City, and Produce Rx by DC Greens. The night highlighted their exemplary leadership, service, and achievement benefiting health care in Washington, D.C.

Over 200 members of the DC health care community attended, including elected officials, health system executives, specialty and medical society leaders, physicians, and health care professionals. MSDC President Dr. Ashesh Patel kicked off the evening recognizing the honorees, and past presidents Dr. Susanne Bathgate and Dr. Carla Sandy co-hosted. Dr. Willarda Edwards, member of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, delivered an uplifting message emphasizing the importance of physician leadership and sustainability.

The awardees were distinguished healthcare leaders who have striven to preserve the health and wellbeing of the nation’s capital, the Medical Society, and the profession. 

The Honorable Vincent Gray received the John Benjamin Nichols Award for outstanding contributions toward improving the health of the community. Having led the District as mayor, Committee on Health chair, and DC Council councilmember, Vincent Gray spearheaded numerous District health priorities including the new Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center, prior authorization reform, and universal pre-K and birth-to-age-3 support.

Gregory Argyros, MD, received the Certificate of Meritorious Service for his distinguished service to the medical profession. Dr. Argyros was recognized for 12 years of leadership at MedStar Health and steering the organization’s growth in DC, especially Washington Hospital Center. 

Walter Faggett, MD, received the Dr. Charles H. Epps, III Community Service Award for outstanding public service to the community. Dr. Faggett has a history of leadership with the National Medical Association, Medico-Chirurgical Society of DC, Ward 8 Health Council, and DC Department of Health, assisting with numerous DC health crises.

Raymond Tu, MD, received the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the Medical Society. Dr. Tu, current MSDC Treasurer and AMA Delegate and MSDC President 2018-19 was recognized for his dedication to MSDC in fundraising, public health, and numerous other roles.

Bread for the City and Produce RX by DC Greens jointly received the John Benjamin Nichols Award for outstanding contributions toward improving the health of the community. The two organizations have partnered to expand access to healthy foods in the District, especially east of the river. 

The honorees were nominated by MSDC membership and selected by a volunteer committee.  More information can be found at www.msdc.org/chh. A portion of the event proceeds will go towards MSDC work to support ProduceRx and MSDC’s Healthy Physician Foundation. Event supporters included Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, CaryHealth, MedStar Health, Nova Medical, Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Capital Digestive Care, EuroMotorcars, Janssen, Remedy Analytics, Bridgepoint Healthcare, Amerigroup DC, and AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia.

Sample of Legislation MSDC Followed in Women's Health and Maternal Health

(See the whole list of bills here)

Postpartum Coverage Act of 2019 (B23-326)

What does the bill do? Extends postpartum inpatient and outpatient benefits to at least one year after childbirth

MSDC position: We support this legislation and the extension of insurance benefits to mothers and babies to help maternal health in the District

Current status: SUCCESS. The bill passed the Council and was signed into law by the Mayor on August 14, 2020.

Strengthening Reproductive Health Protections Act (B23-434)

What does the bill do? The bill prohibits the District government from interfering with patients' reproductive health decisions and prohibits employers from punishing physicians who perform abortions or sterilizations outside of their employment.

MSDC position: We support this legislation as it allows physicians freedom of practice.

Current status: SUCCESS. The bill passed the Committee on Government Operations in January. MSDC submitted testimony at the December hearing, and MSDC member Sara Imershein testified at the hearing. The Council passed the bill and the Mayor signed it into law on March 23, 2020.

Maternal Health Care Improvement and Expansion Act (B23-362)

What does the bill do? The bill extends coverage for maternal health issues and fertility preservation, creates a Maternal Health Center in the District, and mandates two hours of cultural competence CME for health care providers.

MSDC position: We oppose the bill without changes due to inclusion of mandatory CME and some of the definitions in the bill being medically questionable.

Current status: The bill had a hearing in the Committee on Health in December, with MSDC member Dr. Sara Imershein testifying for MSDC and ACOG.