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.

The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians is currently accepting nominations for our Family Physician of the Year, our Family Medicine Educator of the Year and Preceptor Hall of Fame.

The deadline for submitting nominations for each award is November 1, 2017.


Nominations are now closed for the the MassAFP Family Physician of the Year

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.

Nominations are now closed for the the MassAFP Family Medicine Educator of the Year

Has a Family Physician positively influenced you during your training while you were a medical student or Family Medicine resident (past or present)? Consider nominating your mentor/teacher/preceptor for MassAFP's Family Medicine Educator of the Year award to recognize a physician who exemplifies the tradition of "Physician as Teacher".

Nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Recognized by peers, residents and students for excellence in teaching, and is compassionate to patients as well as to those he/she is teaching
  • Is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and in activities that enhance quality of life
  • Provides a credible 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, especially to young physicians in training and medical students
  • Is a member in good standing of the Academy



Massachusetts' Family Medicine Educator of the Year will be honored at a luncheon during the Annual Meeting and Spring Refresher held in March.

Nominations are now closed for the Preceptor Hall of Fame

The MassAFP Preceptor Hall of Fame is designed to recognize a physician who exemplifies the tradition of "Physician as Teacher", but does so generously, at a high level, over an extended period of time.

Preceptor Hall of Fame Criteria:

  • Recognized by peers, residents and students for excellence in teaching, and is compassionate to patients as well as those he/she is teaching.
  • Is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and in activities that enhance the 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.
  • Is a member in good standing of the MassAFP.
  • A life-time achievement meant for someone who has been teaching/leading for an extended period of time.

Massachusetts' Preceptor Hall of Fame will be honored at a luncheon during the Annual Meeting and Spring Refresher held in March.

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. Dr. Holland is engaged in the well-being of his patients, community, and demonstrates a balance between career and family.

2017 Family Physician of the Year

Kelly Holland, MD

2017 Family Medicine Educator of the Year

Cara Marshall, MD



Dr. Marshall is a Family Physician at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, MA. 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. Dr. Marshall contributes to the future of Family Medicine through outstanding work as a physician educator.

Dr. Finn has been a Family Physician for nearly 40 years and is the founder of Needham Wellesley Family Medicine PC, in Wellesley Hills, MA. He is strongly committed to his patients, his community and to giving medical students the opportunity to visit his office for family medicine clerkships. Dr. Finn is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and a Clinical Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine.

2017 Preceptor Hall of Fame

Leonard Finn, MD