Richard W. Henderson, an obstetrician and gynecologist with St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, was elected president of the Medical Society of Delaware for the 2018 year during the professional organization’s 228th annual meeting Nov. 18.
Henderson, a graduate of Fordham University, received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
Henderson, who was born in Orange, New Jersey, and graduated from Montclair High School in 1972, was the senior class president and co-captain of the Montclair High School football team. After graduating medical school, Henderson entered his residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at the Wilmington Medical Center and went into private practice in Wilmington. Henderson has been an instructor at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, formerly Thomas Jefferson Medical College, for more than 30 years, as well as an adjunct professor at Drexel College of Medicine for the past 17 years. Henderson is also a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist, as well as a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Henderson has been involved with the Medical Society of Delaware as the former chair of the Government Affairs Committee, vice president and president-elect.
Other officers who will serve for the coming year include President-elect Andrew Dahlke, Vice President Joseph Straight, Secretary Robert Varipapa, Treasurer Randeep Kahlon and Speaker of the Council Leo Raisis.
During the meeting, the Medical Society of Delaware honored MSD members who graduated from medical school 50 years ago: Robert G. Altschuler, Howard Z. Borin, Richard T. D’Alonzo, Peter S. Huang, E. Dale LaTonn, Vicenta P.G. Marquez, James A. Murphy, Manuel B. Olympia, David Parker, Yogish A. Patel, Paul C. Pennock, Leonard H. Seltzer and John C. Sewell.
Hugh Bonner and Vincent F. Carr received special recognition awards for their service on the Professional Education Subcommittee.
Members also heard from the following speakers who presented on the topics of human trafficking, domestic violence and the transgender patient: Yolanda Schlabach, executive director of Zoe Ministries Inc.; Abigail Rodgers Layton, director of Family Division at the Delaware Office of the Attorney General; and Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign.