MASS. MED. SOCIETY: Amherst Physician is Honored by Hampshire District Medical Society as 2013 Community Clinician of the Year

This press release from Massachusetts Medical Society was written by Richard P. Gulla (email: or 781-434-7101), and the original release can be found here.

Waltham – April 30 – Amherst physician and resident Katherine J. Atkinson, M.D. has been honored by her peers as the 2013 Community Clinician of the Year of the Hampshire District Medical Society, an award recognizing her professionalism and contributions as a physician.

The award was established in 1998 by the Massachusetts Medical Society to recognize a physician from each of the Society’s 20 district medical societies who has made significant contributions to his or her patients and to the community and who stands out as a leading advocate and caregiver. She will receive the award at the district society’s annual meeting at the Hotel Northampton on April 25.

Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Atkinson is the president of Katherine J. Atkinson MD PC in Amherst. She has been practicing in the town since 2002. This winter she moved into a newly-constructed ‘green’ building, housing a state-of-the art medical-behavioral integrated practice.

Dr. Atkinson earned her bachelor’s in nursing degree from California State University in Los Angeles and her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. A Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, a Clinical Instructor at Tufts University Medical School, and a Clinical Instructor at Dartmouth Medical School.

Active in the Massachusetts Medical Society, she is a member of its House of Delegates and its Committees on Legislation, Nominations, and Recognition Awards. She served as chair of the Task Force on Retail Based Clinics from 2008-2009 and was twice president of the Hampshire District Medical Society, serving from 2006-2008 and 2009-2011.

Dr. Atkinson has been previously honored with the Community Faculty Educator Award from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Lecturer of the Year Award from the University of Massachusetts Parenting Education Program.

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