Nevada’s pioneer physicians organized the Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) in 1875, only 11 years after Nevada’s admission to the United States. These physicians served the medical and public health needs of Nevada pioneer families and visitors. They created the NSMA to share the latest medical knowledge and the collaborate on best practice for their patients. The NSMA began meeting annually in 1904 to identify and address the needs of Nevada physicians and their patients.
Today, the NSMA mission remains consistent with the mission of those pioneer Nevada physicians: advocating for high quality health care for all Nevadans. As the state’s oldest and largest physician advocacy organization, the NSMA represents physicians at the state, federal and local levels of government, and before the United States Congress and the Nevada Legislature. The NSMA monitors both state and federal proposed legislation and proposed regulations, attends hearings, drafts comment letters and testifies on behalf of physicians with a focus on elevating quality care and eliminating onerous regulatory barriers which burden the practice of medicine and limit access to care.
The Nevada State Medical Association has offices in Las Vegas, which it shares with the Clark County Medical Society and in Reno, which it shares with the Washoe County Medical Society.
Member physicians are both allopathic physicians, or MDs, and osteopathic physicians, or DOs. Each NSMA member physician is also a member of her/his local or county medical society. Many NSMA members also belong to the American Medical Association or the American Osteopathic Association, and most physicians also belong to a medical specialty society. All active NSMA members hold licenses issued by either the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners or the Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.
Founded in 1875, NSMA is a non-profit physician advocacy organization, meeting annually to negotiate high quality healthcare for all Nevadans.
As the state's oldest and largest physician advocacy group, today's NSMA mission remains consistent with those pioneer doctors: to serve the practice and professional needs of Nevada physicians so they can serve the needs of their patients.