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North Andover Physician Named Family Medicine Educator of the Year
Award recognizes exemplary service to Family Medicine education

(Boston, MA) March 6, 2017 – Frederic Baker, MD, president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) has announced that Cara Marshall, MD is the recipient of the 2017 Family Medicine Educator of the Year award in recognition of her 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 2017 award will be presented at MassAFP’s Annual Meeting at noon on March 24, 2017 at the Taj Hotel, Boston.

Dr. Marshall is a Family Physician at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, MA. She is a faculty member at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Massachusetts and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine. She chose her specialty due to the unique opportunity it provides to focus on the health of individuals within their family and community environment and the fulfillment of working with residents and medical students who share her commitment to family medicine.

“One of the most important facets to an excellent teacher is credibility; Cara’s clinical skills are outstanding and her extensive clinical experience before taking on a fulltime teaching role has given her a lot of “street cred” with residents and medical students. She practices and role-models compassionate full-spectrum family medicine including teaching residents an students in the outpatient clinic, in the hospital, and in the patient home,” states Joseph W. Gravel, JR., MD, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.

Respected and successful in her approach to teaching, Dr. Marshall is “Recognized by peers, residents and students for excellence in teaching, she is also compassionate to patients and goes the extra distance in preparing lessons that are informative, interactive, useful, fun and most importantly – memorable,” commented Anthony Valdini, MD, MS, MPH, FACP, FAAFP, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMASS. 

In her own words, Dr. Marshall expresses, “My work in a dynamic, immigrant city full of hope, hard work, strong families and people striving for better lives for themselves and their children is one of the most fulfilling things that I can imagine doing. That fulfillment is amplified every day by working with residents and medical students who have fallen in love with family medicine, just as I did, and are building the skills to make it a long term relationship.“

The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians was established in 1948 and represents the interests of nearly 2000 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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