Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation



Passionate Advocates, Innovators and Collaborators

The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation connects healthcare professionals with low-income uninsured people in need in our communities, strengthening the health of everyone. Our caring commitment to the well-being of individuals, families and healthcare providers in our region spans more than a century. We are passionate advocates, innovators and collaborators with a deep understanding of our community and a wide network of relationships that support our mission, vision, values and goals.

Goals, Partners & Strategic Plan

Our Key Strategic Partners include Physicians (Employed & Independent), Physician Assistants, Residents/Students, Health System Leaders, Practice Administrators, Community Leaders, Sponsors/Businesses, Donors/Funders, Patients, Staff/Contractors.

Just a few of the milestones WCMS achieved in 2022 include:

Members of the Black Providers Affinity Group 

WCMS is proud to be making a difference in Western North Carolina.

Learn more about our strategies, detailed goals and measures of success for 2022 and beyond.


The Western Carolina Medical Society was established in 1885.

In 1990, the medical society (then Buncombe County Medical Society) incorporated so that it could better advocate on behalf of physicians and our community. Throughout its history, WCMS has been an innovator in supporting and advocating for physicians in the practice of medicine, and working collaboratively with area organizations to address the health challenges facing our community’s residents.

Buncombe County Medical Society in 1885

WCMS Today

The Western Carolina Medical Society is a thriving professional association of 700+ physicians and physician assistants from 16 western North Carolina counties. Some of the services provided by the WCMS include:

  • Advocacy: shaping healthcare policy that strengthens the physician-patient bond
  • Communications: e-Newsletters and social media to keep members up-to-date
  • Networking: special events and affinity groups to connect physicians with one another
  • Discounted Services: interpretation, legal, financial, and practice management services
  • Education: events, CME opportunities, resources and partnering with MAHEC
  • Public Education: articles across WNC news outlets by physicians


Meet the WCMS team members and learn more about our roles, our community involvement and our passions.

WCMS Board of Directors

Our Board of medical practitioners, business professionals and committed community members guides WCMS and helps us deliver on our mission.

Who we are is interwoven with what we do every day at WCMS.