Message From Association President Dr. MaryShell Zaffino

October 11, 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing from my desk in Hendersonville, NC. You are likely in the midst of seeing patients, or sitting at your Zaffino_Mary-9337-1.jpgoffice desks or homes, also in Western NC. We all love living here and working here, raising our families here, and likely plan to retire here. It is a beautiful part of the country, with a diverse landscape, and an eclectic mix of people. We all serve these people and each other in our professions and in our communities, and we can preserve our ability to do this by supporting our local physician-led Western Carolina Medical Society. 

As the president of the Western Carolina Medical Society, I have learned the true importance of being able to thrive in living and working here, and WCMS wants to make sure that it continues to be this way. We strive to connect physicians and physician assistants from across the region with other physicians, physician assistants, and their families. We know it’s important that we all work together to ensure our freedoms are preserved. Making those connections at regional events and forums through the local medical society has been a blessing and has helped me in my career with referrals, relationships, and educational growth. It has also helped me personally in meeting other families and physicians who are like-minded and can share successes as well as failures.

Local advocacy is a large part of what we do. We work directly with the NCMS to help lobby to ensure our profession stays viable and effective. I have been to Raleigh, but I have also talked with our legislators right here at home. We need to lobby on a state and federal level, but what happens locally is just as important. The WCMS, with your input, can affect change here! We have provided forums for hospital and community leaders to talk with members. We are actively providing support for burnout prevention and love of work with local events, professional coaches, and therapists through WCMS’ Healthy Healer Program. We work with local businesses that support us and our members. We are your local resource, right here to serve you in WNC!

As your 2017 President, I have enjoyed meeting many of you and representing you and your interests, and I will continue to support WCMS in the future.


MaryShell Zaffino, MD

2017 WCMS Board President