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.

Nominations are closed.


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. 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.

2018 Family Physician of the Year

Virginia Van Duyne, MD

2018 Family Medicine Educator of the Year

Andrew Smith, MD



Dr. Smith is a Family Physician at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center providing full spectrum and surgical obstetrics care. He is a faculty member and the OB Rotation Director at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program. He is also an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and runs a didactic day at Lawrence for all Tufts family medicine clerkship students. Dr. Smith is a compassionate physician who is committed to his belief in helping underserved communities. His outreach includes a sabbatical for 18 months to work in Guatemala providing inpatient and outpatient care at a hospital in a rural, indigenous community. He continues to practice at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and helps train Advance Obstetrics Surgical Skills to family medicine residents.

Dr. Silverman has been a family physician for 20 years and has been teaching almost as long. She started as a preceptor following her residency and has been teaching medical students ever since. Dr. Silverman is currently Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School – Baystate; Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UMass Medical School; and the Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

2018 Preceptor Hall of Fame

Stephanie Silverman, MD