We’re pleased to announce that our Medical Director at Fenway Health, Alex Gonzalez, MD, MPH, has been named as an outstanding physician by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers for 2016. Alex will receive this award at the Mass League’s annual awards gala on June 10.
The Outstanding Massachusetts Community Health Center Physician Award was established to give recognition to a physician who has demonstrated consistent support of, and devotion to, the delivery of community health care services through clinical practice. This award is reflective of the recipient’s innovation and leadership shown in delivering quality health care services – and Alex is a perfect choice for this honor.
Since assuming the role of Medical Director in 2006, Alex has overseen a more than doubling of our patient population and provider staff, as well as expansion of the many primary care services we offer at our three clinical sites in Boston. Under Alex’s leadership, Fenway Health has earned Patient Centered Medical Home certification for two of our clinical sites, providing a better integrated model of care for our patients. Alex has worked tirelessly with our Informatics Team to adapt our electronic medical record to support high quality care for patients and improve work flow for clinicians.
He’s also been a vocal advocate for the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among individuals at a higher risk for contracting HIV. PrEP is considered one of the most effective new tools to help stop the spread of HIV. Alex has been a strong proponent of our Women’s Health Program, recruiting and hiring more than a dozen female providers over the past several years. He has also overseen the growth of Fenway over the past decade into one of the largest providers of health care to the transgender community in the United States; today, we care for more than 2,000 transgender patients. As a testament to his commitment to uplifting this often underserved community and to reducing the stigma associated with specialty clinics, Alex has insisted that all Fenway Health providers be properly trained to care for transgender patients.
Please join us in congratulating Alex on this well deserved honor!
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