Family Physician of the Year

The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians is made up of physicians who go above and beyond their call of duty. Each individual provides a very important component to their community and to the people they serve.

2019 Nominations are Closed.

Patients, Clinics Staff or Physician Colleagues, Nominate your Family Physician for the MassAFP Family Physician of the Year. Each year the Massachusetts Academy presents the Family Physician of the Year award to recognize a physician who exemplifies the tradition of the "Family Doctor."

Nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Provides his/her community with compassion, comprehensive and caring medical service on a continual basis
  • Is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and in activities that enhance quality of life
  • Provides a credible and amiable role model as a healer and human being to his/her community, and as a professional in the science and art of medicine to colleagues, other health professionals, and to young physicians in training and medical students
  • Demonstrates a balance between career and family
  • Is a member, in good standing, of the Academy

Massachusetts' Family Physician of the Year is honored at a luncheon during the Annual Meeting and Spring Refresher held in March.

2018 Family Physician of the Year

Virginia Van Duyne, MD

2018 Family Physician of the Year

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.

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