UMMS founding chair of orthopedics and his wife honored for their philanthropic support

January 7, 2002

Worcester, Mass. - A newly renovated amphitheater on the University of Massachusetts Medical School campus was formally dedicated to Arthur M. Pappas, MD, and his wife, Martha, in honor of their generosity to the Medical School and the UMass Memorial Foundation, announced Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare. Dr. Pappas, Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, founding Chair of the Department of Orthopedics at UMMS, and vice President for Affiliate Relations for UMass Memorial Health Care, is a key figure in the history of medicine and medical education in central Massachusetts, and internationally regarded as one of the "fathers" of the field of sports medicine. "Less known, but equally important, has been Arthur and Martha's long history of philanthropic support for UMass Medical School, " said Dr. Lazare. "It is with great admiration and appreciation that we dedicate the Arthur and Martha Pappas Amphitheater in their honor. "

Throughout his career at UMMS, Pappas has been a driving force in the success of the clinical system and the medical school. He admitted and operated on the first patient at what was then UMass Hospital, in 1976. His teaching, patient care and research interests include an active involvement with sports medicine and handicapped children. He is the medical director of the Boston Red Sox, a former president of the Association of Professional Baseball Physicians, a member of the Sports Medicine Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics and president of the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation, sponsor of the Bay State Games.

Because of his special concern for disabled children, Pappas has long served as the director of Health Services for Handicapped Children and is a past Massachusetts state chairman for the International Year of the Child. He is a former president of the Orthopedic Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served on the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Hospital School for severely disabled children since 1968.

Born in Auburn, Massachusetts, Pappas graduated from Harvard College in 1953, where he was actively involved in competitive and individual athletic events, and the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1957. He served as research officer at the Naval Medical School in Bethesda, Maryland, was a senior associate in orthopedic surgery of the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, and team physician to Harvard College athletes prior to coming to UMMS in 1972.

Martha Pappas was born and raised in Auburn, and attended Wellesley College. For 25 years, she taught at Lincoln-Sudbury High School in a variety of programs, and was instrumental in the creation and administration of programs for academic support and work-study. While continuing her education - earning master's and doctorate degrees - she has long been involved in civic activities in Auburn and Worcester, including the Auburn District Nursing Association, Worcester Garden Club, Tower Hill Botanic Gardens and Music Worcester.

In recognition of his service, UMMS established the Arthur M. Pappas, MD, Chair in Orthopedics in his honor, and in 1999, Pappas received the ninth annual Dr. A. Jane Fitzpatrick Community Service Award from the Worcester District Medical Society.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $123 million in research funding annually. A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Alison Duffy, 508-856-2000