In Memory Of Louis F. Alfano, Sr., MD 1921 2010

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Dr. Louis F. Alfano, Sr., a founding member of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, Inc. in 1958, passed away February 14, 2010.  He has served as President, Executive Secretary, Treasurer and Trustee of the “Society” over the past fifty years.

Dr. Alfano, born in Boston in 1921, earned his BS from Boston College and attended Tufts University Medical School after his discharge from the U.S. Navy.  He was a resident of Melrose and Falmouth and practicing in Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 60 years.  He was on staff at Melrose Wakefield Hospital for 55 years until his retirement in 2005.  During that time, he served as President of Staff, Chairman and a member of numerous committees.  He was instrumental in establishing the 24 hour physician-run emergency services and the area’s first surgical day care services.

Dr. Alfano was involved in medical politics and health policy development in the State of Massachusetts.  While serving as President of the Mass. Medical Society, he established the first physician referral service.  He was Chairman of the Committee on Legislation and was influential in shaping health care in the State.  Dr. Alfano was founding incorporator of Bay State Health Plan, the first physician run HMO in Massachusetts.

He was an active member of the American Medical Association where he served as a Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates.  During his dedicated affiliation with AMA, he participated in a record 88 consecutive bi-annual meetings.

For 15 years Dr. Alfano served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  He played a critical role when Blue Shield and Blue Cross merged into one company.  He was Chair of the committee that reviewed and approved medical procedures and a member of numerous other committees.

He served in the US Navy from 1943 until his discharge in 1947.

Notwithstanding his numerous obligations to his patients and medical practice, Louis was a devoted husband and father.  He and his wife Ella L. (Giovino) Alfano were married for 62 years.  Dr. Alfano is survived by his wife, six children, their spouses, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

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The family has asked that any contributions be made in Dr. Alfano’s name to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA  02118.

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