Driven by an innate sense of curiosity and passion for knowledge, Dr. Spencer Van B. Wilking pursued many avenues of interest, earning him several educational degrees and distinctions. He received his M.B. and B.S. from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine at the University of London, England. He is board certified in Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine and currently cares for patients in long-term and subacute geriatric rehabilitation facilities. Dr. Wilking also holds a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University’s School of Public Health.

Prior to receiving his medical and public health degrees, he was ordained as a Priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church with a Masters in Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. As an undergraduate, he studied Victorian literature and medieval economic history at Columbia University.

Dr. Wilking has been working in the field of medicine for over 20 years, and joined MGH in 2003. He enjoys working at MGH because “it is an organization committed to excellence in patient care, medical education, basic science and clinical research.” Dr. Wilking is interested in clinical research that deals with molecular messengers in basic wound healing, pressure ulcers in LTC and systolic hypertension in the elderly. Other topics of interest include, indices for provision of quality care in long term care, end-of-life decision making: applied Christian ethics, determination and corroboration of practice guidelines, and quality outcome measures in nationwide data sets.

In addition to his wide range of accomplishments, Dr. Wilking is a member of many professional organizations. He has been actively involved in the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, American Medical Directors Association, American College of Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, Committee on Geriatric Medicine, Royal Society of Medicine, Massachusetts Geriatric Society and the Massachusetts Medical Society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and holds a Certificate in Medical Direction from the American Medical Directors Association.

Dr. Wilking was born and raised in New York. During his spare time, he enjoys reading books mostly on history or the classics. He is also committed to his work as the priest associate at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Maynard, MA. He enjoys art, travel and learning new things.

“It is an honor to provide medical care to elderly people as they are a unique repository of our past as well as premonitions of our future. Felix qui potuit rerum conescere causas. Happy the man who has learned the causes of things. Virgil.”
~Dr. Spencer Van B. Wilking