Winchester Hospital Physician Receives Women’s Health Research Award

Dr. Fuller
05/06/15

Arlan Fuller M.D. is honored with Women’s Health Research Award

Arlan F. Fuller Jr., M.D. of the Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care is being honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2015 recipient of the Society’s Women’s Health Research Award, recognizing a physician for outstanding contributions that advance women’s health research in Massachusetts.  He will receive the award at the annual MMS Women’s Health Forum on November 6.

In nominating him for the honor, his colleagues described Dr. Fuller as a “champion of collaborative and interdisciplinary practice, generous in sharing his time, skill and knowledge, and a superb scientist, clinician, and human being whose generosity extends not only to the women he cares for, but to their families as well.”

The research award is the second honor Dr. Fuller has received from the Massachusetts Medical Society in as many years.  In 2014, he was named Community Clinician of the Year by the Middlesex District Medical Society, one of 20 districts of the state society.

Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology with a subspecialty in gynecologic oncology, Dr. Fuller is Clinical Vice President for Oncology Services Integration and Academic Affiliations at Winchester Hospital, a position he was appointed to 2007.  Prior to joining Winchester Hospital, he was Chief of Gynecologic Oncology from 1985-2007 as well as Co-Director of the Gillette Center for Women’s Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He has also served on the staffs of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mouth Auburn Hospital, and North Shore Medical Center.

A Phi Beta Kappa cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College with a bachelor’s degree, Dr. Fuller earned his medical degree, also cum laude, from Harvard Medical School.  From 1974-2007, he held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and was appointed Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at the school in 1986.

His teaching activities have spanned more than 30 years and included positions at Harvard Medical School and Winchester Hospital, as well as educational initiatives in Europe and Central and South America with the International Gynecologic Cancer Society. 

His research began with his initial collaboration with Dr. C Thomas Griffiths in studies of cytoreductive surgery for ovarian cancer and others in replacing radical surgery of the lower genital tract with minimally invasive surgery plus radiation therapy to maintain body image and function.

Dr. Fuller is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a past president of the New England Association of Gynecologic Oncologists. From 1990-2009, he served as an editorial board member of the European Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

Among his many honors, Dr. Fuller is the recipient of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists Foundation Award, the Resident Teaching Award from Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Spirit of Wellness Award from the Wellness Community of Greater Boston.  He has also been awarded visiting professorships at the Mayo Clinic and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has received multiple “Best Doctors” awards, including Best Doctors in America by American Health magazine in 1996.