A long-serving internist and Medical Director of Outpatient Medical Practices at UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center will continue acting as a key voice for rural health care professionals and initiatives at the state level, after being elected earlier this week to a leadership role in the state medical society.
Internist William Latreille, MD, was elected April 14 as Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York’s 213th House of Delegates. As Speaker Latreille will be responsible for running the Society’s annual meeting, and for chairing the House, where the group’s policy initiatives and positions are voted upon. It’s another chance for him to highlight the challenges rural health care providers face on a daily basis, he said.
“It means that the problems we have that are unique to rural health care, and even to Franklin County, are discussed and made known,” said Latreille. “If you’re not at the table, your concerns are not going to be addressed.”
As speaker Latreille will serve on the MSSNY’s executive policy board for his 5-year term, where he will play a leading role in directing and shaping the society’s state-wide policy initiatives and positions. That’s nothing new for the long-serving member of MSSNY’s leadership. Latreille had been serving as the House’s vice-speaker from 2015 to 2019, and previously served as 4th District Councilor for eight years, and 4th District President for four years. He was appointed to the MSSNY Board of Trustees in 2012 and served as Board Chairman for the 2015-16 term.
Latreille called his leadership role with MSSNY and other physician organizations a critical piece of his drive to improve medicine and bring physicians together amid a rapidly-changing health care environment. He also chairs the Lake Placid Retreat for MSSNY Districts 3 and 4, and is a member and past president of the Franklin County Medical Society.
“It’s a labor of love,” he said. “I love my profession, and I’ve been committed to doing everything I can to make it a better profession, and make it succeed in an incredibly changing environment.”
Dr. Latreille is a graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., and earned his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He received his first and second years of Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Miss., and completed his residency training at the Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic in Syre, Pa. He is board certified in internal medicine.
Dr. Latreille is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a specialist in adult and adolescent medicine. He has been designated as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to perform flight physical examinations and issue aviation medical certificates for class 1, 2 and 3 pilots.