President's Message

Many people throughout my life have given me the following advice, which has best been summarized by famed Apple founder, Steve Jobs: 

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.”

The Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland has a long history of people believing in doing great work and loving it. From establishing Metropolitan Medical Foundation of Oregon (MMFO), Project Access NOW and Emergency Preparedness systems to the Physician Wellness Program. The latter has inspired also other medical societies in the country to do the same.

There are also great personal connections to be had with more social events like Battle of the Doctor Bands or our newest program, Walk With a Doc, which encourages doctors, their patients and families to join MSMP in a morning walk with the hopes of helping everyone to be more active.

I want each and every one of you to know that you have made a difference in peoples’ lives across this community by being part of this medical society. You have helped countless colleagues in getting help through the Physician Wellness Program. You have given scholarships to Wallace Medical Center in donating books for parents to read to their children to foster early childhood reading. You have supported a Providence Internal Medicine Resident to assess blue light exposure, and you have also helped the Women’s Physicians Guild in developing future leaders. All this in the past year alone.

We have learned that the key to resiliency in the face of stress is volunteering and giving of ourselves. My hope is that you can find the resiliency in continuing to be a part of this medical society and to continue to come, continue to be a voice and continue to connect with one another. You are an important part of this organization, and in connecting together, we are able to do so much and provide a force for healing. No time has there been where healing is as much needed as now.

Whether you are just at the start of your journey or at the sunset of a long medical career, you are an integral part of our community. We need your voice, experience and participation. Help us continually grow and heal each other through these challenging times.


Lydia Villegas, MD

MSMP Board President, 2017 - 2018

1221 SW Yamhill Street, Suite 410, Portland, OR  97205
Phone: (503) 222-9977  |  Fax: (503) 222-3164

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