Congratulations  to Dr. Camelia Lawrence on being Elected First Black Woman President of Fairfield County Medical Association in 200 Year History

Shelton resident Camelia A. Lawrence, MD, FACS has been elected president of the board of directors of the Fairfield County Medical Association at its recent meeting. Professionally, Dr. Lawrence is the Director of Breast Surgery with Hartford Healthcare at the Hospital of Central Connecticut & Midstate Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Lawrence is Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCONN School of Medicine. She now leads a physician organization with nearly 1,000 physician members. Dr. Lawrence is a native of Jamaica and is the first black woman to hold this esteemed position.

"The landscape of medicine is constantly evolving and more than ever, agility, networking and unity amongst physicians, is paramount which is why Fairfield County Medical Association (FCMA)is so vital to our profession, stated Camelia Lawrence, MD, President of FCMA. “The practice of medicine has shifted primarily to outpatient settings so we must be deliberate and intentional in our efforts to nurture a more connected and supportive ecosystem for physicians and patients,”Dr. Lawrence added.

Founded in 1792 by a Special Act of the Connecticut General Assembly, the purpose of the Fairfield County Medical Association is to bring together, in one organization, the doctors of medicine of Fairfield County, Connecticut; to increase their knowledge in the art and science of medicine; to enlighten the public in matters of health and to promote the health of the community.

“Dr. Lawrence is a recognized and respected leader in the medical community and Fairfield County Medical Association is very fortunate to benefit from her leadership,” stated Mark Thompson, Executive Director of Fairfield County Medical Association. “Dr. Lawrence’s enthusiasm for the medical profession will serve as a magnet for FCMA connecting the various disciplines within the practice of medicine,” Thompson added.

Among the priorities of Dr. Lawrence is to continue to provide solutions and opportunities through FCMA resources that will help physicians successfully navigate the various environments in medicine and the communities they serve. She also intends to help physicians in Fairfield County grow professionally by leveraging assets and tools to support their work and enhance the care delivered to their patients.

Other officers of Fairfield County Medical Association elected at the meeting were Vice President Kenneth Thomas, MD, JD; Secretary Kenneth Letwin, MD; Treasurer Dennis Williams, MD; Chairperson Robin Oshman, MD, PhD; and Immediate Past President Craig Olin, MD.

More about Dr. Lawrence: Camelia Lawrence, M.D. is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A board-certified surgeon specializing in benign and malignant breast disease, she has fellowship training in advanced breast cancer surgery, including skin and nipple-sparing mastectomy, sentinel node biopsy, and oncoplastic techniques. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She completed her residency at New York Medical College. She then entered her fellowship training at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, in breast surgical oncology.

- Original Article as released by  Fairfield County Medical Association -

Camelia A. Lawrence, MD, FACS