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Holden Family Physician to Help Lead Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians

Dr. David Gilchrist to serve as President in 2018

(Boston, MA) April 3, 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.

The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians was established in 1948 and represents the interests of over 2,000 members. The mission of the MassAFP is to assist its members in providing compassionate, high quality healthcare to the people of Massachusetts. For additional information please visit


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