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Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians Announces 2018 Board of Directors

April 3, 2018 – Dr. David Gilchrist to lead as President in 2018

The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) is pleased to announce that David Gilchrist, MD, MBA, FAAFP, CPE of Holden, MA, a Physician at Hahnemann Family Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, will serve as this year's President. The induction of officers took place at the MassAFP's Annual Meeting at noon on March 23, 2018 at the Taj Hotel, Boston. MassAFP represents over 2,000 dedicated family physicians, residents, and medical students throughout the Commonwealth.

Dr. David Gilchrist joins 4 Massachusetts family physician officers in leading the MassAFP's 2017 strategic initiatives. The other officers include:

  • Board Chair: Flora Sadri-Azarbayejani, DO, FAAFP, of Northfield
  • President Elect: Jennifer Sparks MD, FAAFP, of Cambridge
  • Vice President: Pablo Hernandez-Itriago, MD, FAAFP, of Millbury
  • Treasurer: Michele Parker, MD, FAAFP, of Hubbardston


New Board members joining other MassAFP board leaders in 2018 include:

  • Deborah Erlich, MD, FAAFP, of Chestnut Hill
  • Michael Richardson, MD, of Cambridge
  • Dennis Dimitri, MD, FAAFP, of Worcester
  • Tom Hines, MD, of Arlington
  • Joseph Gravel, MD, FAAFP, of North Reading
  • Kami Phillips, MD, of Gardner

"Our new leaders exemplify the dedication and strength of family physicians in Massachusetts," said executive director Becky Wimmer. "Family physicians provide primary health care for thousands of Massachusetts residents. Their long-standing relationships with patients and their families result in higher quality, more affordable health care and longer life expectancies. Our newly elected leaders uphold a sincere commitment to guiding our Academy's advocacy and educational efforts on behalf of our patients. I am delighted to be working with this enthusiastic and diverse group of colleagues as executive director."

Duties of new officers and board members will include oversight of the Academy's 2018 strategic plan, focusing primarily on promoting family medicine advocacy, nurturing and developing physician leadership, fostering resiliency in family medicine workforce, and promoting practice transformation and value based payment reform.

Holden Family Physician to Help Lead Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians

April 3, 2018 – Dr. David Gilchrist to serve as President in 2018

The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) is pleased to announce that David Gilchrist, MD, MBA, FAAFP, CPE of Holden, MA, has been newly elected to serve as this year's President. The induction of officers will take place at the MassAFP's Annual Meeting on March 23, 2018 at the Taj Hotel, Boston. MassAFP represents over 2,000 dedicated family physicians, residents, and medical students throughout the Commonwealth.

Dr. David Gilchrist is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his residency at UMass Family Medicine Residency in Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Business. He currently works at Hahnemann Family Health Center in Worcester, MA, where he serves as the medical director, and provides full spectrum outpatient care, postpartum inpatient care of mothers and babies as well as provides treatment for substance abuse disorders. Dr. Gilchrist has done additional training in quality improvement through LEAN and is a black belt in LEAN Six Sigma.

Dr. Gilchrist joins 4 Massachusetts family physician officers in leading the MassAFP's 2018 strategic initiatives. The other officers on this year's board include:

  • Board Chair: Flora Sadri-Azarbayejani, DO, FAAFP, of Northfield
  • President Elect: Jennifer Sparks, MD, FAAFP, of Cambridge
  • Vice President: Pablo Hernandez-Itriago, MD, FAAFP, of Millbury
  • Treasurer: Michelle Parker, MD, FAAFP, of Hubbardston

"Dr. Gilchrist not only has experience, he has the right kind of experience we desire in a President," said Executive Director Becky Wimmer. "His dedication to family medicine, his relationships with patients, and his extensive research along with his developed leadership skills are the traits we look for in a President. We couldn't be more excited to have him lead this year's strategic initiatives."

Duties of new officers and board members will include oversight of the Academy's 2018 strategic plan, focusing primarily on promoting family medicine advocacy, nurturing and developing physician leadership, fostering resiliency in family medicine workforce, and promoting practice transformation and value based payment reform.

Worcester Physician Named Family Physician of the Year

Award recognizes exemplary service to Family Medicine

Flora Sadri, DO, president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) has announced that Virginia Van Duyne, MD is the recipient of the 2018 Family Physician of the Year award in recognition of her exemplary service and her engagement in the well being of her patients and community.

The MassAFP presents the Family Physician of the Year award to recognize a physician who provides outstanding service to patients and their communities with compassionate, comprehensive and caring medical service on a continual basis. All this demonstrates a balance between career and family. In addition to being a role model as a healer, she is a professional in the science and art of medicine to colleagues and other health professionals, as well as to young physicians in training and medical students. The 2018 award will be presented at MassAFP’s Annual Meeting at noon on March 23, 2018 at the Taj Hotel, Boston

Dr. Van Duyne is a Faculty Family Physician and the Medical Education Director at Family Health Center of Worcester, a Federally Qualified Health Center. She is also an Associate Program Director at the University of Massachusetts Worcester Family Medicine Residency Program and an Assistant Professor in the UMass Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Dr. Van Duyne is dedicated to teaching the next generation of family physicians to give compassionate, evidence-based care to vulnerable populations. She is a strong advocate for service and as such, has been a coordinator for African family refugee resettlement and involved in homeless outreach programs.

“She is a natural leader and exemplifies the qualities recognized by this award,” says UMass Worcester, Family Medicine Program Director, Stacy Potts, MD, MEd, FAAFP, “Dr. Van Duyne is an outstanding Family Physician with clearly demonstrated natural leadership ability, extensive academic talent, a clear commitment to community involvement and social responsibility, and exemplary patient care.”

Colleague, Tracy Kedian, MD, Assistant Dean of Academic Achievement and Associate Professor, UMass expresses, “Her (Dr. Van Duyne) obvious dedication to the belief that it is her duty to serve others which, I believe, primarily motivates her. She improves herself so that she can improve the lives of her patients, her students and her colleagues.”

Dr. Van Duyne believes “being a family physician is about building trust, providing guidance, showing empathy and understanding people as human beings connected to their communities.

Lawrence Physician Named Family Medicine Educator of the Year

Award recognizes exemplary service to Family Medicine education

Flora Sadri, DO, president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) has announced that Andrew Joseph Smith, MD is the recipient of the 2018 Family Medicine Educator of the Year award in recognition of his exemplary clinical teaching of medical students and residents in the specialty of Family Medicine.

The MassAFP presents the Family Medicine Educator of the Year award to recognize a physician who exemplifies the tradition of “Physician as Teacher”. Nominees are evaluated on recognized excellence in teaching and their compassion to patients and students. Other criteria include involvement in community activities that enhance quality of life, being a credible role model as a healer and human being in their community, and recognition as a professional in the science and art of medicine with health professionals and young physicians in training and medical students. The 2018 award will be presented at MassAFP’s Annual Meeting at noon on March 23, 2018 at the Taj Hotel, Boston.

Dr. Smith is a Family Physician at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center providing full spectrum and surgical obstetrics care. He is a faculty member and the OB Rotation Director at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program. He is also an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and runs a didactic day at Lawrence for all Tufts family medicine clerkship students. Dr. Smith is a compassionate physician who is committed to his belief in helping underserved communities. His outreach includes a sabbatical for 18 months to work in Guatemala providing inpatient and outpatient care at a hospital in a rural, indigenous community. He continues to practice at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and helps train Advance Obstetrics Surgical Skills to family medicine residents.

According to Erin Bassett, MD of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Dr. Smith is talented in sharing his medical knowledge as a teacher and mentor, “He has a gift for identifying residents’ interests and strengths and helping them build on them, and residents have twice voted him faculty of the year. The reason he is repeatedly acknowledged by residents, medical students and co-faculty, is because he embodies and shares his joy in medicine. He loves taking care of patients and sharing in their lives.”

Colleague, Zandra Kelley, MD of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center adds, “Dr. Smith and I have been learning and teaching together for 13 years and I continue to be amazed by his dedication, and clarity as a teacher of Family Medicine.”

Dr. Smith is committed to medicine and helping others, stating, “I love my job. Being surrounded by family medicine educators, medical students and residents creates a metaphorical jet fuel for one’s idealism, simultaneously challenging one’s intellect and one’s compassion.”

Northampton Physician Receives Preceptor Hall of Fame Award

Award recognizes exemplary service to Family Medicine education

Flora Sadri, DO, president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) has announced that Stephanie Denise Silverman, MD, FAAFP is the recipient of the 2018 Preceptor Hall of Fame award in recognition of her exemplary, life-long clinical teaching of medical students in the specialty of Family Medicine.

The MassAFP presents the Preceptor Hall of Fame award to recognize a physician who exemplifies the tradition of a Family Physician’s long-time dedication as a teacher, mentor and preceptor. The 2018 award will be presented at MassAFP’s Annual Meeting at noon on March 23, 2018 at the Taj Hotel, Boston.

Dr. Silverman has been a family physician for 20 years and has been teaching almost as long. She started as a preceptor following her residency and has been teaching medical students ever since. Dr. Silverman is currently Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School – Baystate; Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UMass Medical School; and the Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

When seeing patients, Dr. Silverman hosts medical students in her office, Wayne Altman, MD, FAAFP, Tufts University School of Medicine Jaharis Family Chair of Family Medicine and Professor shares, “She gets rave reviews in this role. Students develop a nice connection with her and she has been a mentor for many students over the years.”

Tufts University Family Medicine Clerkship Director, Deborah Erlich, MD, MMedEd, FAAFP adds, “Dr. Silverman’s students quickly perceive her genuine interest in their learning. She has earned phenomenal evaluations and reviews of her teaching. Over her career she has developed an ideal balance between granting student autonomy, and simultaneously providing compassionate and high-quality care to her patients.”

Dr. Silverman relays, “I love to teach. I could say that I love to see the moment when my students understand something for the first time, but it is so much more than that. I love their enthusiasm. I love watching their growing fund of knowledge.”

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