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​The RIMS Foundation is governed by a five-member board of trustees, which is comprised of the three most recent past presidents of the Society, the current president and the current treasurer.

Peter Kaczcmar, MD, President
Jose Polanco, MD, Secretary-Treasurer
Alyn L. Adrain, MD
Elaine C. Jones, MD
Russell A. Settipane, MD
Newell E. Warde, PhD, Executive Director


Supporting health and welfare in the community since 1983.

About the RIMS Foundation

RIMS Foundation

Unrestricted Fund
To support a variety of public service activities and educational efforts, including but not limited to: 

  • Tar Wars®, the annual anti-tobacco effort that reached thousands of youngsters in Rhode Island middle schools, thanks to the dedication of scores of physician volunteers.
  • ASK Day (“Asking Saves Kids”): Since 2002, RIMS has worked with The ASK Campaign to raise public awareness campaign on ways to keep kids safe from injuries involving firearms.
  • Bike Safety Program, in 12 years, more than 5,600 children of low-income families received helmets and bike safety materials through this RIMS program. Each $10 donation purchases a helmet and other bike safety items.

Benevolence Fund

To assist physicians and their families in financial need. The Benevolence Fund is administered by its own set of Trustees: Daniel Moore, MD and Frank Sullivan, MD.

Founders Fund​
For capital improvements and major equipment purchases.

Medical Professional Liability Fund
To support public educational programs and raise awareness relating to professional liability and tort reform.

Physicians' Health Fund
To support the cost of employing two part-time professionals who provide services pertaining to the health of physicians and certain other medical professionals.

The RIMS Foundation is a scientific, educational, charitable and peer review foundation. It was approved by the Internal Revenue Service on June 6, 1983, as a 501(c)(3) organization. Under this designation, it may "promote health and welfare in the community by engaging in charitable, educational and scientific activities related to the field of medicine." The RIMS Foundation may receive gifts from any individual or organization, and donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

Contributions have been restricted by donors to provide support for the following purposes:

Programs Supported: