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Boston Physician Named Family Physician of the Year
Award recognizes exemplary service to Family Medicine

(Boston, MA) March 6, 2017 – Frederic Baker, MD, president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) has announced that Kelly John Holland, MD is the recipient of the 2017 Family Physician of the Year award in recognition of his exemplary service and his engagement in the well being of his 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, he 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 2017 award will be presented at MassAFP’s Annual Meeting at noon on March 24, 2017 at the Taj Hotel, Boston.

Dr. Holland is a Family Physician at the Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, MA. He has committed his life to serving the poor, prioritizing care for those with the least access to medical resources and requiring extra attention. Dr. Holland is also committed to learning about and collaborating with other providers to attack the opiate epidemic in the state of Massachusetts. In effort to work with local law enforcement and share medical knowledge, he has presented on a panel at the Lynn Opiate Summit to police, parole officers, advocates and concerned community members. He’s also a member of the Massachusetts opioid abuse prevention collaborative in Lynn to build stronger connections outside of the clinic.

Through nomination by the Lynn Community Health Center, Dr. Holland participated in the Kraft Center Practioner program which is designed to recruit and retain mission-driven young physicians in community health centers and provide them with the knowledge and skills that will enhance their ability to lead, support their commitment to social justice, and cement their commitment to careers in community health. “Perhaps most striking is his ability to translate passion to action, and moral outrage to effective advocacy. Deeply troubled by the opioid crisis in the Lynn community, and watching his own patients die, he has taken this on with focused intensity,” states Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH, Executive Director of the Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health, and further states, “Kelly’s (Dr. Holland) success in these arenas is bolstered by who he is: an exceptionally warm and authentic person.”

Dr. Holland relays, "The relationships between patients and family physicians form the core of our vocation. I believed this one year ago and I believe it now. The values of family medicine bring me to work every day."

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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