|April 2, 2012|
WALTHAM Wilbraham resident Peter J. Kelly, M.D., has been honored by his peers of the Hampden District Medical Society as the district's 2012 Community Clinician of the Year.
The Community Clinician of the Year 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 patients and the community and who stands out as a leading advocate and caregiver. The Hampden District Medical Society has some 1,100 members who live and work throughout Hampden County.
The award will be presented at the district society's annual meeting on May 8 in Agawam.
A board-certified ophthal-mologist, Kelly is a founder and past president of Cataract and Laser Center in West Springfield, a surgical center that provides the latest technology for eye surgery. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 1982.
Kelly is a past president of the CRUDEM foundation, head-quartered in Ludlow, that provides healthcare to the sick and poor in Haiti. The foundation operates a 120-bed hospital, nutrition center, and mobile clinic. Kelly has traveled to the country three times a year for the past 20 years, bringing his staff to provide free care and surgery.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree, Kelly received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Following an internship in Worcester, he practiced family medicine in Palmer at Wing Memorial Hospital for one year, and then completed his residency in ophthalmology at Tufts New England Medical Center.
Kelly and his wife, Linda, a chaplain at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, have three children and reside in Wilbraham.
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